Dizziness is a symptom that may develop for several reasons. However, if you frequently feel dizzy, then you may have a problem with your body’s balancing system located in your inner ear. Inell Rosario, MD, at Andros ENT & Sleep Center in Inver Grove Heights and Roseville, Minnesota, specializes in dizziness and balance disorders. To get help for your dizziness, call the office closest to you or schedule an appointment online today.
Dizziness is a feeling of lightheadedness or disorientation. These symptoms may make you feel off balance.
Dehydration, going too long without eating, or a drop in blood pressure may cause dizziness. However, if your dizziness is a recurring problem, you may have a problem with your vestibular system.
Your vestibular system is a complex network of bones, soft tissue, fluid, and nerves located in your inner ear and helps you maintain a sense of balance. When you move your head, your vestibular system sends messages to your brain that keep you oriented.
Any condition that affects the structure or function of your vestibular system may affect your body’s sense of balance, causing dizziness.
Many conditions may affect your body’s balancing system and cause dizziness, such as:
BPPV causes dizziness and vertigo (feeling as though the room is spinning) from specific changes in the head. This condition develops when small calcium deposits fall into the semicircular canals in your inner ear, disrupting the sensory information sent to your brain.
Meniere’s disease occurs from a buildup of fluid in the ear. In addition to dizziness, Meniere’s disease may also cause hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Labyrinthitis is inflammation of the inner ear caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
A perilymph fistula causes leakage of inner ear fluid into the ear, causing you to feel unsteady or dizzy.
When you visit Andros ENT & Sleep Center for a dizziness evaluation, Dr. Rosario conducts a comprehensive history and physical examination to find the root cause of your dizziness.
Taking a patient-centered approach to care, Dr. Rosario asks detailed questions about your symptoms and medical history. She examines your ear, nose, and throat and may request imaging studies to look for signs of structural abnormalities that might explain your dizziness.
Dr. Rosario may also have you undergo a hearing test with the audiology experts at Andros ENT & Sleep Center.
Dr. Rosario customizes your dizziness treatment plan based on the underlying cause. For conditions that involve your vestibular system, treatment may include:
Dr. Rosario works closely with you to develop a plan to get the most relief from your symptoms.
To get help for your dizziness, call the Andros ENT & Sleep Center or book an appointment online today.