Dizziness Treatment

Call 911 if the person has:

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 Jennifer Robinson, MD on January 24, 2018



Subbarao, I. American Medical Association Handbook of First Aid and Emergency Care, Random House, 2009.

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