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Benign Positional Vertigo Treatment

Call 911 if the person loses consciousness or has:

  • A head injury
  • Convulsions
  • Chest pain
  • Change in vision or speech
  • Fever over 101º F
  • Headache
  • Very stiff neck
  • Inability to move an arm or leg

  • A head injury
  • Convulsions
  • Chest pain
  • Change in vision or speech
  • Fever over 101º F
  • Headache
  • Very stiff neck
  • Inability to move an arm or leg

 

1. Relieve or Prevent Dizziness

  • Have the person lie down and rest.
  • The person should avoid sudden changes in body position.
  • Help the person avoid abrupt head movements, especially looking up.

2. Keep the Person Safe

  • Help the person avoid falls.
  • The person should not drive or operate dangerous machinery.

3. Call a Health Care Provider

  • Any new signs and symptoms of vertigo should be checked by a health care provider.

4. Follow Up

  • The health care provider may do a physical exam, hearing and balance tests, and possibly a CT or MRI scan.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Scott Keller, MD on October 31, 2013

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