What is Dizziness or Vertigo?

Are you feeling dizziness? Find out what might be going on.

While all of us may experience bouts of dizziness every once in a while, this issue can be unnerving if it happens regularly. From pregnancy to low blood pressure, there are many conditions and health problems that can cause dizziness or vertigo. From the office of our Anchorage, AK, ENT doctors, Creed Mamikunian, MD and E. Ritter Sansoni, MD and find out more about why you’re feeling dizzy.

Is there a difference between dizziness and vertigo?

While some people may consider these two one in the same thing, it’s important to note that there is a slight difference between these two symptoms. If you find yourself feeling a little lightheaded or woozy then you are dealing with dizziness; however, if it feels like the room is spinning then you have vertigo.

What causes vertigo and dizziness?

Changes in the vestibular system, the part of the ear that is responsible for balance, can cause the spinning sensation characterized by vertigo. Common causes of vertigo and dizziness include:

  • Inner ear infections
  • Inflammation of the inner ear
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (a disease of the ear)
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular neuritis

However, dizziness can result from:

  • Standing up too fast
  • Fasting or not eating enough
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar
  • Certain medications
  • Low iron levels (anemia)
  • Dehydration
  • Heart disorders
  • Panic disorders

When should I visit an ENT specialist in Anchorage, AK?

If you’ve visited a physician to talk about your dizziness or vertigo then chances are you were referred to an audiologist or ear, nose and throat specialist to get a more specialized and definitive diagnosis. An ENT specialist has received extensive training to be able to provide you with the proper care you need to treat the root cause of your vertigo or dizziness. If you need an ENT doctor, Dr. Creed Mamikunian and E. Ritter Sansoni, MD are available for consultation.

You should visit an ENT doctor if:

  • Your primary physician has not been able to diagnose the problem
  • Your dizziness is due to an ear infection or ear disorder
  • Your dizziness is accompanied by ringing in the ear, fullness or pressure in the ears, or ear pain

Is vertigo affecting you? Finding it difficult to get your balance? If so, call the specialists at the Alaska Sinus Center today to schedule a consultation with us.