Alexandria Sinus, Ear, and Allergy Center
James A. White, III, MD
Otolaryngologist located in Alexandria, LA
Vertigo and dizziness can severely impact your everyday life, making you feel unsafe and unsteady on your feet. Dr. White of Alexandria, Louisiana, offers comprehensive vertigo treatment to address both its cause and symptoms. At Alexandria Sinus, Ear, and Allergy Center, you receive a custom treatment plan to help you overcome vertigo.
Vertigo and Dizziness Q & A
What is vertigo?
The feeling of extreme dizziness and feeling off-balance is vertigo. When you experience a vertigo episode, it makes the world feel like it’s spinning. Men and women of any age can experience vertigo, but it’s more likely to occur in older adults.
In most cases, an issue inside the ear causes vertigo. Some of the most common causes of vertigo are:
- BPPV, a condition involving small calcium deposits that build up inside the inner ear
- Inner ear infection
- Meniere’s disease, characterized by fluid buildup in the ear
- Brain injury, stroke, or tumor
- Migraine headaches
In addition to the false spinning sensation common with vertigo, you may experience nausea, headache, sweating, or hearing issues during an episode.
How is vertigo treated?
Vertigo is treated differently depending on the cause. Dr. White creates a custom treatment plan to treat your vertigo and address both its causes and symptoms. Some common vertigo treatments include a combination of the following therapies:
- Physical therapy
- Specialized adjustments called Epley and Semont Maneuvers
- Antibiotics to treat infection
- Steroids to reduce inflammation
- Surgery to target blocked ear canals
- Diuretics to reduce buildup of water
In many cases, vertigo goes away naturally as your body adjusts. In the meantime, the Alexandria Sinus, Ear, Nose, and Allergy Center team collaborates with you to find a solution.
What results can I expect from vertigo treatment?
To diagnose your vertigo, Dr. White completes several examinations like eye and head movement tests and blood tests.
Treatment results vary depending on the cause of your vertigo. BPPV-caused vertigo, for example, may go away after one adjustment session as the body absorbs calcium deposits.
Other infections and conditions like Meniere's disease may go away after a course of medication, easing your vertigo after a short time. Either way, Dr. White’s vertigo treatments address your immediate symptoms, so you feel better while also striving to eliminate the cause.