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Doctor insights on: Can A Head Cold Make You Feel Dizzy

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Common Cold (Definition)

An upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more


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How do you prevent a head cold that's starting to make you feel ill and dizzy?

How do you prevent a head cold that's starting to make you feel ill and dizzy?

You can't: You can't PREVENT a head cold and "prevent" is the wrong word because you already have the cold. All you can do is treat the symptoms. If you can't find anything over the counter that works, see a doctor for a prescription. ...Read more

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Feel slightly dizzy when moving head or when I get angry. What could be the cause? I am suffering from a head cold

Feel slightly dizzy when moving head or when I get angry. What could be the cause? I am suffering from a head cold

Dizziness: It depends on your definition of dizziness. If you mean that you feel like the room is spinning then it called vertigo. Usually it treated with some medication that'll need to be prescribed by your doctor. If you mean the feeling like you are going to pass out, then it called near syncope which can be caused by multiple factors. In both cases is better to visit her doctor for more evaluation ...Read more

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Why does my head hurt so much and have so much pressure and pain when I bend over is it a head cold feel dizzy to?

Why does my head hurt so much and have so much pressure and pain when I bend over is it a head cold feel dizzy to?

What a pain!: Depending on how long you haven't been feeling well and if you have thick colored mucous, you may be suffering from a sinus infection. If you have pain in your cheeks or forehead areas associated with nasal congestion, it may be a sinus infection, allergies, etc. It may benefit you to seek medical attention if you do not start to feel better. Also, using nasal saline spray every 2 hours or so m. ...Read more

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Have a really bad head cold with loads of mucus and its making me dizzy and lightheaded can you recommend a cure?

Have a really bad head cold with loads of mucus and its making me dizzy and lightheaded can you recommend a cure?

See below: I would recommend an over the counter decongestant either phenylephrine nose drops or spray or pseudephedrine tablets (the ones locked up behind the counter). Use them for only 3-4 days to avoid rebound phenomenon. You could also take tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain relief and throat lozenges for sore throat. Keep yourself well hydrated and you should get better soon. ...Read more

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Does having a head cold cause dizziness after the cold has past? What if you don't know if you have an inner ear problem? Could a cold bring it out?

Possible: Colds can have you feeling weird and dizzy afterwards. Viral respiratory infections sometimes lead to vestibular neuritis (inflammation of the cranial nerve that controls balance) which will lead to a very specific form of dizziness called vertigo. ...Read more

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Would I be dizzy for 2 days if I had a blood clot or is it more likely from the head cold I currently have? I went on a long road trip.

Would I be dizzy for 2 days if I had a blood clot or is it more likely from the head cold I currently have? I went on a long road trip.

Deep vein thrombosis: Clots in legs occur if prolonged sitting in one position without moving the calf muscles, not drinking enough water. Use of birth control pills, family history of DVT, prior history of DVT and smoking makes one prone to it. Signs are calf swelling one side more than other with pain on squeezing calf. Dizziness can occur from many different causes. Head cold is one of them. ...Read more

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Head congestion, dizziness, anxiety, burning sensation on back of tongue, and nausea all of a sudden. Head cold or something else?

Head congestion, dizziness, anxiety, burning sensation on back of tongue, and nausea all of a sudden. Head cold or something else?

See below: Please call your primary care doctor to help you figure out what's causing your symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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I get a head cold type illness at least once a month. No cold symptoms runny nose or headache just dizziness, off balance, heavy head, blurred vision

I get a head cold type illness at least once a month. No cold symptoms runny nose or headache just dizziness, off balance, heavy head, blurred vision

POSSIBLE sinus or: Ear condition. Please consider seeing an ENT doctor. He/she will examine you ears, nose, and throat and see what is going on. Peace and good health. If nothing is found, consider vitamin C 2X daily and have your vitamin D level checked for possible needed supplementation. ...Read more

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Why do I get positional vertigo after a head cold, bad allergies, etc. Once I'm dried up, it goes away. It's been like this for over 14 years.

Why do I get positional vertigo after a head cold, bad allergies, etc. Once I'm dried up, it goes away. It's been like this for over 14 years.

Vertigo: Most likely you develop a blockage of the Eustachian tube and an inner ear imbalance. Usually a antihistamine helps. If not, a prescription medication such as antivert (meclizine) is useful. ...Read more

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I am suffering from common cold and feeling headache, dizzy, and sleepy. Well of mild fever. What should I do?

I am suffering from common cold and feeling headache, dizzy, and sleepy. Well of mild fever. What should I do?

Complete bed rest: Hydrate and eat healthy. Take some Acetaminophen for headache and fever. Supportive treatments. Need someone to help you and look out for you first two days. ...Read more

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What's the diff. Between flu or common cold virus. I have dry throat, hoarse voice, an dizziness, fatigue, an slight headache, . weakness, ect.?

Fever: Is higher with influenza than it is with the common cold. Other symptoms of flu include muscle aches and pains, shaking chills, cough, sometimes nausea, and a longer course than the common cold. Most people can go about their daily activities with a common cold. The flu usually knocks you down for at least a few days. ...Read more

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Head is really hot, not for sure if it is a fever and really dizzy. And getting really cold but hot to the touch, what do I do this id's the 2nd day?

Head is really hot, not for sure if it is a fever and really dizzy. And getting really cold but hot to the touch, what do I do this id's the 2nd day?

See a doctor: This is not something that can be diagnosed on the internet. You must be seen, a history taken and examined. Your family doctor would be a great resource. Go soon, and I hope all will clear up quickly. ...Read more

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I don't know what's wrong, I'm having black outs, dizzy, head aches and get cold then hot. Help?

I don't know what's wrong, I'm having black outs, dizzy, head aches and get cold then hot. Help?

Need to see doctor: There could be one of many reasons you are experiencing these symptoms. For the most likely cause, and proper recommendation for treatment or resolution, it would be best if you would see you doctor for a complete check up. ...Read more

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I'm sick with a cold, I was reading and suddenly became dizzy, light headed, almost blacked out, what's wrong with me?

I'm sick with a cold, I was reading and suddenly became dizzy, light headed, almost blacked out, what's wrong with me?

Mgt/workup: I would recommend being tested for influenza and seeing your PCP. Rinsing your nasal passages with saline provides relief, rest and stay well hydrated.
I would suggest checking your BP and discontinuing all over the counter medications, until you are seen by your PCP. If it recurs, you should go to the ED. ...Read more

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This morn I went all dizzy with cold sweats and then out the blue I was sick on the floor! I'm left with spacey head and tired. What could this be?

This morn I went all dizzy with cold sweats and then out the blue I was sick on the floor! I'm left with spacey head and tired. What could this be?

Multiple possibility: These symptoms could be caused by virus, low blood pressure, a syncopal event, or even neurological or cardiac causes. Seek medical attention as soon as possible only an examination and complete medical history can truly find the cause. If this happens while driving it could be dangerous, so nothing to mess around with - don't delay. ...Read more

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Can being dizzy and heavy headed be due to cold or is it hay fever feel really horibble : (?

Can being dizzy and heavy headed be due to cold or is it hay fever feel really horibble : (?

You may have both: Severe allergies/hay fever can make you miserable. I can attest to that. I do my lawn and if I don't clean up---rinsing my eyes/nose and use some meds, I can be sure to suffer for few days. Having some hayfever and then having a cold on top can really create some misery for me. Congestion, headheavy, can't breath, nagging headaches and dizziness...I feel your pain. U should consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hi I have a cold the past week&a cough. But when I cough I get dizzy, it's a v hard cough'& my head hurts too. What's causing the dizzyness. Thanks?

Hi I have a cold the past week&a cough. But when I cough I get dizzy, it's a v hard cough'& my head hurts too. What's causing the dizzyness. Thanks?

See below.: During cough pressure in chest rises dramatically and pushes against blood that is trying to flow into the chest cavity and heart from the lower body and head. Cough long and hard enough and flow drops to the point that heart does not have enough blood to push forward. Your brain starves a little for oxygen and sugar - therefore dizzy. A little dehydration can make this much worse. ...Read more

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The back of my head keeps going numb and tingly almost feels cold. I keep getting very dizzy and disorientated then feel ok again no meds not stressed?

Disorientation: The numbness and tingling are not as significant as the dizziness and disorientation. This may be neurologic such as migraine or migraine equivalent, vascular with positional compression of cervical vessels, vestibular such as BPPV or hydrops or psychiatric such as a subclinical general anxiety disorder. You may need to see a few different specialists to determine the cause, keep a diary of events ...Read more

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I'm a 23 years-old female. I sometimes feel nausea, dizzy, heavy on left chest, and head spinning around. I also sweat but feel cold. What's wrong?

I'm a 23 years-old female. I sometimes feel nausea, dizzy, heavy on left chest, and head spinning around. I also sweat but feel cold. What's wrong?

Anxiety attack: The most common cause of the symptoms you describe is an anxiety attack. Medicines, counseling, and various therapies can help greatly.
There are other potentially serious conditions that need to be ruled out, so go see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dizziness (Definition)

Dizziness is a feeling of light headedness that includes loss of balance, vertigo, or the feeling as ...Read more