What is dizziness?

Dizziness is when you feel physically unsteady or woozy. Dizziness is often used to describe other types of imbalance such as vertigo or lightheadedness. Lightheadedness is the feeling that you might faint if you stand up too fast. Vertigo is much more serious than lightheadedness. Vertigo is the loss of balance and inability to stand upright. This loss of balance often comes with nausea and vomiting. It may seem as if everything around you is spinning. Vertigo may stop you from performing normal daily activity for days or even weeks.

Why am I dizzy?

When you say you feel dizzy, you are describing a symptom. Usually, it doesn’t last long, and a particular cause most often cannot be found. Dizziness is a sign of other problems and may be caused by stress, fever, dehydration, low blood sugar, anemia, head injury, or stroke. It can also be caused by certain medications.

How is Dizziness diagnosed or treated?

At Our Urgent Care, you will be asked to describe your dizziness in as much detail as possible. Your OUC provider will examine your ears, eyes, and nervous system. You may need a CT scan to look for something that might be causing the dizziness. Your treatment will depend on the cause of the dizziness.

What to do if I feel dizzy:
  • Lie down, relax, and wait for the dizziness to fade
  • Try to avoid positions or activities that cause dizziness
  • Stand up slowly
  • Call 911 immediately if you have double vision, blindness, numbness, or weakness on one side of the face
  • Come to Our Urgent Care if you are experiencing:
    • Nausea
    • Cold sweats
    • Vomiting
    • Any abnormal symptoms you have questions about