General or Other | - Others | Spinning (Symptom)


Dizziness or spinning is a disorder characterized by impaired sensation which can progress to a loss of consciousness.

Dizziness is a loss of balance and stability which occurs more frequently to elderly persons, but can affect both sexes at any age. The body balance is represented by the vestibular system of the inner ear, consisting of tubes and sacs filled with fluid. During walking, moving fluid and its level is read and it is transmitting nerve cells to the brain that coordinate the verticality of the body.

Problems occurring in this system give dizziness, ringing in ears, vomiting and in severe cases, loss of hearing and unable to maintain straight position.


People who suffer a severe blow to the head can damage the inner ear which causes loss of balance. Viral or bacterial infections of the ear can cause dizziness strong. Temporary dizziness can be caused by ordinary aspirin, caffeine, alcohol, sleeping pills and nicotine.

A dizziness is often benign, and it may be a consequence of the orthostatic hypotension (blood pressure decrease when the momentary passing quickly from a lying or sitting to standing position), a vagal ailments (slow heart rate and blood pressure fall), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar concentration), a benign paroxysmal vertigo, which makes us to look for an otorhinolaryngology disease, a thrill, an insufficient vertebrobasilar.

Dizziness can have other causes, less common but more serious: a disorder of cardiac rhythm or conduction, an ischemic attack (partial or intermittent obstruction of the cerebral circulation), an intracerebral hematoma, especially after an injury or a brain tumour. Often, benign dizziness disappears at rest. Their persistence, the evolution of disturbances could indicate a worsening vertigo and is an invitation to a physician.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Depending on the cause dizziness, doctors recommend different treatments, ranging from antibiotics, exercises that help the patient to bear dizziness.