Dizziness Vertigo and Meniere’s Disease – Differences and Treatment
Dizziness is a very broad term that has no specific medical definition. Many times people complain of dizziness but are in fact referring to different types of symptoms that are often chalked up as “dizziness”. Some examples are vertigo, light-headedness, and Meniere’s Disease.
To better define dizziness the symptoms and types have to be defined as well. Since dizziness is only felt and observed by the patient, ENT doctors find it very hard to take note of and treat. Only the patient may tell how severe the pain is and how it feels.
Causes of Dizziness
Dizziness can be caused by all sorts of factors. Imbalances of fluids in the inner ear, loud and sudden sounds like nearby explosions, a physical fall that resulted to a bump in the head or ear, or even cancer may cause dizziness.
When untreated, vertigo may even lead to permanent hearing loss.
Over time, Meniere’s Disease may also lead to hearing loss and severe cases of anxiety or depression. This is one of the reasons why it is often called “the silent killer” inside a patient’s head.
Treatment for Dizziness
Unfortunately there is no direct treatment for any form of dizziness. For the most part ENT doctors prescribe the following medications which target the symptoms, not the actual disease:
There are also several operations that may be given:
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