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What do I do if I get light headed a lot?

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Dr. Joshua Batt
Emergency Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Hydration and diet

Some people become lightheaded when changing to standing from a sitting or laying position.
Move so slowly to let your body adjust to blood moving away from your head. Drinking plenty of fluids and maintaining a well balanced diet are helpful in preventing lightheaded feelings. If you are still noticing these episodes, see your doctor to have the problem investigated further.

In brief: Hydration and diet

Some people become lightheaded when changing to standing from a sitting or laying position.
Move so slowly to let your body adjust to blood moving away from your head. Drinking plenty of fluids and maintaining a well balanced diet are helpful in preventing lightheaded feelings. If you are still noticing these episodes, see your doctor to have the problem investigated further.
Dr. Joshua Batt
Dr. Joshua Batt
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Doctor can evaluate

An normal, healthy person who gets light-headed when getting up from lying or sitting, or who feels faint sometimes, especially on hot days, may have a problem of not enough blood returning to his head fast enough.
The blood pressure may be normal or a bit low. After a doctor's exam to rule out medical problems, a person can try taking 3 ounces of extra water each hour, plus a bit of salty snacks.

In brief: Doctor can evaluate

An normal, healthy person who gets light-headed when getting up from lying or sitting, or who feels faint sometimes, especially on hot days, may have a problem of not enough blood returning to his head fast enough.
The blood pressure may be normal or a bit low. After a doctor's exam to rule out medical problems, a person can try taking 3 ounces of extra water each hour, plus a bit of salty snacks.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree

In brief: See your doctor.

Though lightheadedness might be due to relatively harmless causes like dehydration, there is a chance it could be caused by a heart abnormality or arrhythmia.
You should go to see your doctor to get checked out to be sure there is no dangerous underlying cause.

In brief: See your doctor.

Though lightheadedness might be due to relatively harmless causes like dehydration, there is a chance it could be caused by a heart abnormality or arrhythmia.
You should go to see your doctor to get checked out to be sure there is no dangerous underlying cause.
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
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