Fact vs. Fiction: Top Myths about Vertigo

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The Truth Behind the Most Common Myths about Vertigo

The name vertigo comes with a tangled, often misleading history. Everyone thinks that they know more about vertigo than they actually do. If you or someone you know suffers from vertigo, finding accurate information online can be a challenge. Take a look at some of the most common myths about vertigo and why they’re wrong.


  1. Having Vertigo Means Having a Fear of Heights

Setting the Hitchcock movie aside, vertigo is not the same thing as acrophobia, otherwise known as a fear of heights, although some people feel a sense of vertigo when they take in the view from a high location. Vertigo is a sensation a person experiences that makes them feel like the room is spinning, that they are falling, or that they’ve lost balance and equilibrium. These bouts of dizziness are often accompanied by nausea and are not caused by a fear of heights.


  1. Vertigo Is a Medical Condition

Even Wikipedia will tell you that vertigo is defined as a medical condition. Vertigo is actually a symptom of an underlying medical conditions, typically related to the inner ear. Some of these include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, migraines, neck or head injuries, Meniere’s disease, Labyrinthitis, and other common vestibular disorders. Treating vertigo is first about treating the condition that causes them in the first place if possible and always includes treating symptoms, especially if the condition is long term.


  1. Your Doctor Cannot Treat Vertigo

One of the most common myths about vertigo is that a trip to the doctor’s office won’t do much good. In reality, consulting your doctor about your vertigo symptoms is important. While many cases are mild, serious episodes of vertigo can be debilitating, plus your vertigo is likely caused by some type of medical condition so finding out what you can do to treat that condition should be a priority. Your doctor can prescribe medications and in some BPPV situations show you exercises that can relieve the vertigo completely.


  1. Home Remedies Don’t Help with Vertigo

This is simply not the case. One of the biggest complaints of people with vertigo is the side effects that come along with prescription medications. Though medication can help with vertigo symptoms, over time the side effects like extreme drowsiness, dry mouth, and headaches can wear on individuals. There are a few great over the counter, natural solutions with that can be used to get side effect symptom relievers. Di-Vertigo is a good example of an all-natural remedy for dealing with the symptoms of vertigo. Just a few drops behind the ears can help relieve your symptoms in just minutes.  In addition certain dietary supplements with ingredients such as Vitamin D and ginger root can help relieve your nausea or vertigo symptoms. Simple at-home exercises can also be used to relieve the symptoms of vertigo.


  1. Vertigo Is Permanent

In many cases, the symptoms of vertigo will go away over time with help from your doctor or sometimes on their own. Some cases of vertigo are brought on by fatigue, dehydration or stress and can subside as those feelings subside, as well. However, even if you have an underlying condition causing vertigo that is chronic and currently incurable, like Meniere’s disease, there are solutions available for everyday symptom relief so you can get control of your life again and live happy.


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