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    Dizziness Treatment

    Call 911 if the person has:

    • A change in vision or speech
    • Chest pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Rapid, irregular, or very slow heartbeat
    • Convulsions or ongoing vomiting
    • Dizziness that comes after a head injury
    • Double vision
    • Fainting or loss of consciousness
    • Fever and stiff neck
    • Inability to move an arm or leg
    • Slurred speech
    • Numbness or tingling

    1. Treat Symptoms

    • The person should sit down or lie still.
    • If the person gets light-headed when standing up, the person should stand up slowly.
    • Avoid sudden changes in position.
    • If the person is thirsty, have him or her drink fluids.
    • Avoid bright lights.

    2. Call a Health Care Professional

    Call a health care professional if:

    • This is the first time the person has been dizzy.
    • The dizziness is different than before or doesn't go away quickly.

    3. Follow Up

    At the health care provider's office or hospital, the next steps depend on the particular case.

    • The person may get oxygen or IV fluids to treat dehydration.
    • If blood tests reveal abnormal blood chemistry (electrolyte levels), this will be corrected.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on November 27, 2015

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