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what are the major causes of benign positional vertigo?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Loose otoconia: The most accepted hypothesis for benign positional vertigo is loose otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) from the utricle ( a structure in the inner ear). When you move your head in a critical position, these crystals move and stimulate the inner ear balance mechanism and the room spins around (vertigo) for 10 to 30 seconds. It is usually self limited and can respond to head exercises.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Are there any herbal supplements that help reduce the vertigo symptoms?

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Dr. Leonard Lado
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Vertigo symptoms: Before you start supplementing make sure that you have been properly and completely evaluated by a neurologist of the condition. An often missed condition for vertigo is called superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome that is easily diagnosed with a ct scan and testing. This is treatable and vertigo can become worse if missed. A well trained neurologist or ENT physician will help wit this.
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What is the likelihood that scuba diving (or flying) brings on a vertigo attack?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Low: Vertigo from flying is very rare, vertigo from scuba diving is not as rare (but still rare). It is more likely that pressure change from being under water can lead to rupture of the inner ear causing something called a perilymph leak. When fluid from the inner ear leaks into the middle ear patients get severe vertigo, hearing loss and tinnitus. This is a true ear emergency.
A 28-year-old member asked:

How can I get rid of hypotension or vertigo?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Hypotension/ Vertigo: Treatment of hypotension or vertigo depend on the cause of both symptoms. Hypotension can lead to light-headedness, dizziness or vertigo.
A 52-year-old member asked:

What could dizziness and heart palpitations be symptoms of?

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Many possibilities: One possibility that comes to mind is hyperthyroidism. Too much thyroid hormone can cause both symptoms. Anything that causes "palpitations" can cause dizziness by effecting blood flow to the brain. You definitely need to see your doctor for an ekg, bloodwork and an exam.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can staph infection cause dizziness?

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Dr. John Li
Dr. John Lianswered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 34 years experience
Yes, depends where.: Any infection of the middle ear or inner ear can cause dizziness. (location is key... A minor superficial toe infection might not cause dizziness). A systemic serious infection can cause dizziness by fever, or toxins, or metabolic changes... Or worst yet, meningitis.

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