First Aid for Someone Having a Seizure

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 Healthcare Professional

Call a healthcare 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.
  • Healthcare providers may start emergency treatment for heart attack or stroke, blood transfusion, or surgery.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on January 21, 2020

Sources

SOURCES:

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

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