The SAMI-Aid Experience
See how we stack up
Aside from vertigo telemedicine, SAMI-Aid offers other
value-added services with a membership.
Receive expert care through vertigo treatment online
Vertigo is a sensation of imbalance or series of dizzy spells. The experience is described as a severe spinning feeling, as though one’s environment is circling around him or her. It is typically caused by an inner ear issue, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease (a disorder due to inner ear fluid buildup), or a vestibular infection. Neck or head injuries and migraines are other less common causes that lead to episodes of vertigo. These dizzy episodes can be temporary or long-term, depending on factors related to the individual’s condition.
While spinning and a general sense of imbalance are the primary sensations associated with vertigo, there are other discomforts that one might experience. This can include nausea or feelings of motion sickness, vomiting, lightheadedness, jerking or twitching eye movements, and sweating. Discomfort in the ear, such as ringing or fullness, may also occur.
The effects of vertigo can last anywhere from a few moments to a number of days. Generally, episodes only last from anywhere under a minute to a couple of minutes, but it all depends on the cause or underlying condition. Severe incidents of dizziness can leave one feeling disoriented and woozy or lightheaded afterward. This can be dangerous, depending on the location or situation in which one experiences vertigo. That’s why it’s important to determine the cause and seek treatment for reoccurring episodes.
Treatment & Care
Treatment depends on the cause and frequency of the vertigo. Some cases go away on their own or do not require treatment. However, for those whose vertigo is a symptom of an underlying condition, it is oftentimes best to treat the underlying condition. In other instances, a health care professional may suggest alternative home remedies to reduce the dizzy effects. These solutions may include exercises or practiced movements to execute when experiencing a vertigo episode.