Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness, which is caused due to the problem in the vestibular labyrinth region of the ear.
In vertigo, patients feel that everything is moving or spinning, even if, they are standing still or lying down with eyes closed. He/she may also experience a sensation of nausea or loss of balance.
Sometimes allergies results in building up of fluid in the middle ear, which may also lead to vertigo. Let’s discuss the causes, symptoms and cures for vertigo.
Causes of Vertigo
Inner ear problems are the biggest cause of vertigo. Some of the most common causes are Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s Disease, and Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrinthitis.
Vertigo or balance disorder can also, less commonly, be caused by any of these factors:
Vertigo attacks occur any time you experience one or more vertigo symptoms. Vertigo attacks can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
How to Handle Vertigo in Public
I have been there many times before, personally. I feel the symptoms of vertigo kicking in, and I become unsure of how to handle it. I have been in all types of places, doing all types of things, when I have gotten dizzy, uneasy, and felt unbalanced, fearing I could faint at any moment. The sensation of it usually comes on suddenly, and it's impossible to shake. If you have ever suffered from vertigo or currently suffer, here are some tips for how to handle the practical, in the moment impacts of it.
Take a Seat
Many of us feel uneasy about having to be in public and make any type of spectacle with our health. Maybe you are at work and have a retail job where you need to stand for most of the day. Maybe you're a student and find yourself walking between classes when the symptoms take hold. Maybe you are a parent at the grocery store or a teenager at a concert when you must take a seat. Life does not stop for anyone, but you can ask for a break. You can remove yourself from standing situations and say you need to take a seat. You can ask others where you should sit or if they can help you get a chair. You'd be surprised how kind and caring people are in public when you are struggling.
Prepare, if You Can
There's very little you can really do to avoid vertigo. This sickness is more like an earthquake or a tornado than a hurricane. You can't get your stuff together very well, but you can run to safety once the storm gets close to hitting. If you are doing something like driving, pull over as it comes on.
Video: Home Remedies for Vertigo
Home Remedies for Vertigo
For a comprehensive course on treating the root causes of vertigo, click here! Otherwise, here are some natural remedies to treat vertigo at home.
1. A Good Night Sleep
Lack of sleep is one of the reasons that lead to vertigo. Therefore, sleep well, and most of your problems will go away.
2. Coriander Seeds
Take 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds and soak them in water along with 1 tablespoon of gooseberry powder. Do this in the night and strain it in the morning. After straining, add half tablespoon of sugar and drink it right away. This remedy will treat vertigo naturally.
3. Almonds and Watermelon Seeds
Watermelon seeds and almonds are really great for vertigo. Soak together 8 almonds, 8 watermelon seeds, 2 tablespoons of wheat grain and 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds in water for the whole night. In the morning, make a thick paste of all the ingredients. Now, put a pan on the flame and add 1 tablespoon of ghee. Fry 2 cloves in it and add the paste that you made. Mix this paste in the milk and drink. Repeat this procedure for a week. This will help you to get relief in vertigo.
Prepare a lemon beverage. Take a glass full of lukewarm water, add black pepper, a pinch of salt and squeeze half lemon in it. Mix well and drink it. Else, sprinkle lemon peel in your salad. Lemon is a natural remedy for vertigo.
5. Water and Juices
Keep your body hydrated. You should drink at least 10 glasses of water on a daily basis. Drink fresh and organic juices as they are rich in fibers.
Grab some fresh and ripe strawberries and mash them in fresh yogurt. Have it. This is a very quick, healthy and easy homemade remedy for those, who are suffering from vertigo attacks.
Drink ginger tea or eat a piece of raw ginger. This will help to control nausea, associated with vertigo.
Basil is a herbal remedy for vertigo. You can either chew basil leaves or add them in your tea. Basil is helpful in cases where vertigo is caused by inflammation and for vestibular conditions such as vestibular neuritis.
9. Almond Milk
Almond contains 26% carbohydrates, vitamin E, vitamin B, and fibers. Take some almonds and soak them in water overnight. Now, make a fine paste and mix this almond paste in a glass of lukewarm milk. Drink it. Almond milk will help to cure vertigo.
10. Herbs for Vertigo
Butcher’s broom helps in curing vertigo, caused due to Meniere's disease. Another beneficial herb is wild indigo. The antimicrobial properties of this herb will help in curing the underlying causes of vertigo.
Take the help of yoga and meditation. Yoga helps increase blood circulation to the head and rest of the body.
These are the best vertigo home treatment.
Homeopathic Remedies for Vertigo
Apart from home remedies, homeopathic remedies can be a great solution of vertigo. Homeopathy enhances the body’s normal healing and self-regulatory process. Some of the homeopathic remedies for vertigo are:
1. Conium : Conium is taken when vertigo is occurred due to too much use of tobacco.
2. Iodine : Iodine is given to old or aged patients, who complain of chronic congestive vertigo.
3. Ambra grisea : Ambra grisea is often given to old people, who complain of nervous vertigo.
4. Ferrum metallicum : If you have vertigo and you are anaemic, then this homeopathic remedy can surely help you out.
5. Bryonia : Bryonia provides relief to those, who suffers with gastric vertigo along with nausea.
Other effective home remedies are Cocculus, Aconite, Causticum, Cinchona, Rhus toxicodendron, Natrum salicylicum, Phosphorous, Theridion, and Argentum nitricum.
How to Prevent Vertigo?
Vertigo can be prevented by following the below-given measures.
Foods to Avoid When Experiencing Vertigo
Consuming too much sodium can contribute to vertigo so it is best to avoid any food that is high in salt. The following foods are high in sodium:
Foods That Lessen Vertigo Symptoms
When experiencing vertigo it is important to eat foods that contain low cholesterol benefits and foods that are rich in iron. The following foods will help to lessen your vertigo symptoms:
Vertigo and High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure and vertigo go hand in hand. High blood pressure is defined as high pressure in arteries. Arteries are responsible for carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body.
When the arteries that connect to the head are constantly hit with high blood pressure they harden and narrow. When this hardening and narrowing happens less blood is able to reach the brain causing vertigo attacks.
Vertigo Can Be a Warning Sign
Vertigo can serve as a warning sign for strokes and heart attacks. Vertigo attacks can be caused by lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
When our brain isn't getting enough blood or oxygen we experience dizziness. This can be a warning sign that arteries to the head are experiencing reduced blood flow.
Alice grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in California, though she likes to visit home frequently. She graduated from a marketing specialist degree and worked at the core of outreach teams for more than 5 years.