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When do you need medical attention for dizziness?

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Get medical attention immediately if you're dizzy and you faint, fall, or can't walk or have any of the following:

  • Chest pain
  • Different or really bad headache
  • Head injury
  • High fever
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stiff neck
  • Sudden change in speech, vision, or hearing
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness or numbness in your face
  • Weakness in your leg or arm

From: Why Am I Dizzy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

The Cleveland Clinic: "Dizziness."

Lewis, J. 2016. Merck Manual,

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Meniere's Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia)."

National Health Service: "Dizziness (lightheadedness)."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Causes of Dizziness."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 01, 2018

SOURCES:

The Cleveland Clinic: "Dizziness."

Lewis, J. 2016. Merck Manual,

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Meniere's Disease."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease: "Low Blood Glucose (Hypoglycemia)."

National Health Service: "Dizziness (lightheadedness)."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "Causes of Dizziness."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on August 01, 2018

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