What is Vertigo? Many people believe that vertigo is a fear of heights. In actual fact it is a feeling that you are moving or the environment is moving when you are completely still. Acrophobia is the fear of heights. Dizziness and vertigo are among the most common illnesses recorded, with around 20-30% of the population affected at one stage or another.
Who is most at risk?
Anyone can suffer from vertigo. It can affect any age but does tend to be more common in older people.
How do you get vertigo?
Most commonly, vertigo is caused by a problem with the balance mechanisms in the inner ear. It can also be caused by benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, migraines, vestibular neuronitis or Ménière's disease. You shouldn’t be worried if you encounter dizzy spells - these can be caused by many things - but if you notice that vertigo persists or is reoccurring frequently, it could be a symptom of some other health problem and you should see a doctor.
How to overcome vertigo
How best to overcome vertigo depends on the cause of the vertigo and severity of it too. If you suffer from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, it can be treated at home by doing exercises such as the Epley manoeuvre or Brandt-Daroff exercise. The Epley manoeuvre is 89% successful at beating vertigo.
Medicine is used to treat vertigo if it is caused by vestibular neuronitis or Ménière’s disease. This could be in the form of prochlorperazine or antihistamines.
For the vast majority of people, vertigo isn’t something to worry about. It generally passes quickly on its own, and tends to happen infrequently. If you have any concerns of it your vertigo is reoccurring or persistent, consult your doctor.