vertigo

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Dr. Jed Kwartler answered:

What is vertigo?

Dizziness

Dizziness
Vertigo is a medical term describing a SYMPTOM. It is characterized as a sensation of spinning. So, if you go to your doctor and say you are spinning and dizzy and he/she says you have vertigo, all they have done is give a fancy medical name to what you just described. The thing to always ask, and should be explained, is that the vertigo is caused by "x". Vertigo is a symptom of many condition
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Dr. Vance Harris answered:

What causes vertigo?

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the inner ear send signals to the brain with regards to motion or rotation. Either the inner ear is sending signals erroneously or the nerve that travels from there to the brain is inflamed or irritated. Most of the time symptoms will resolve. If you are not getting any better then see your Dr. as there are other causes.
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Dr. David S. Lee answered:

what causes vertigo?

Many possible reason

There are many possible reasons for the symptom of vertigo, which is defined as a spinning sensation (or the sensation of the world spinning around you). Most but not all of these causes have to do with the inner ear.
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Dr. Tim Conrad answered:

Is vertigo contagious?

No

Vertigo
Vertigo is a symptom of some other disorder, often an inner ear problem. It is not contagious.
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Dr. Felix Brizuela answered:

How is vertigo treated?

Depends on cause

Dizziness
Most acquired vertigo is due to inflamation of the middle ear apparatus and steroids help a great deal in my opinion. Vertigo can also be caused by specific stroke types or migraines, and at times even epilepsy!! Need to determine what type, which Neurologists are trained to do.
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What is visual vertigo?

Vretigo from vision

Dizziness
Some people, myself included, can get vertigo and dizzy from looking at things that are moving rapidly. An example of this are the high definition video games that people play. If the characters in the game move rapidly from place to place, up and down, it can make you dizzy and nauseous. Reading your cell phone in the car can also make you very dizzy. The eyes are hard wired into the inner ear.
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Dr. Noaman Hanif answered:

What can cause vertigo?

Long list

Dizziness
There is a long list of causes of vertigo. It could be due to a virus, medication, or other complex processes. Hard to answer your question in detail without a good history and physical. Set up an appointment with your PCP for workup of the cause and management of symptoms.
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what to do for vertigo?

Depends how long

Vertigo
Acute vertigo from a viral illness is best treated by prednisone and Valium. I am not a big fan of antivert preferring Valium or other meds like it. Long term vertigo is best treated with vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Vertigo that occurs only when moving your head while in bed can be treated by a procedure to reposition loose calcium deposits. Any question see an ENT doctor.
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Dr. Phil Zapanta answered:

How does one get vertigo?

False motion

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Vertigo is a sense of false motion. It can be caused by a problem in your inner ear (peripheral vertigo) or by a problem in the brainstem (central vertigo). The inner ear has 3 separate balance canals that help keep your balance in space during movement. The brainstem is responsible for processing all the information from both inner ears, your eyes, and your muscles to help with balance.
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Dr. Dan E. Fisher answered:

What to take for Vertigo?

Find out cause first

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Meds may not be the best thing for you depending on the cause of vertigo. If this is BPPV you might do better with repositioning maneuvers or exercises. If this is a stroke you would be better off with treatment in the Emergency Department. Generally meds work well though. Dramamine, promethazine, phenergan,metoclopramide, prochlorperazine, odansetron, etc.
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