Benign Positional Vertigo Treatment

Call 911 if the person loses consciousness or has:

  • Has non-stop vomiting
  • Cannot stand or walk due to dizziness
  • Has symptoms inconsistent with benign positional vertigo including:
    • A head injury
    • Convulsions
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Fever
    • Headache or stiff neck
    • signs of stroke including change in vision, speech or moibility

 

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.
  • If they are nauseous or throwing up, have them lie down on their side.
  • The person should not drive or operate dangerous machinery.
  • If they cannot walk safely, take them to the emergency room of call 911.

 

3. Call a Health Care Provider

4. Follow Up

  • The health care provider may do a neurological and/or a physical exam, hearing and balance tests, and possibly a CT or MRI scan. 
  • The most common and effective treatment is called particle repositioning maneuvers (Epley maneuver). A  form of physical therapy for the inner ear, it can be done in outpatient setting and continued at home.

 

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on October 11, 2017

Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery: "Dizziness and Motion Sickness."

UC Irvine: "Vertigo."

Vertigo Information from eMedicineHealth.

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