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What should I do after treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo?

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Once you get home, you’ll need to follow specific instructions. These may include:

  • Sleep with your head at a 45-degree angle -- either in a recliner or propped up on a sofa -- for two nights.
  • Keep your head vertical for two days. You may have to avoid certain exercises and modify your movements during shaving and washing your hair.
  • For a week, you'll need to avoid head movements that might bring on benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. You may need to sleep with two pillows and avoid sleeping on the affected side.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

Vestibular Disorders Association: “BPPV.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diseases and Conditions -- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions --  Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 8, 2020

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

Vestibular Disorders Association: “BPPV.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diseases and Conditions -- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions --  Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 8, 2020

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