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How Do I Stop Dizziness?

Drinking plenty of water may help relieve dizziness.
Ginger is commonly used to stop dizziness.
Over the counter medications may help relieve dizziness caused from viral infections.
A medical checkup can determine whether low blood pressure is causing dizziness.
Resting may help relieve feelings of dizziness.
Severe dizziness may be an indication that a diabetic's blood sugar levels are not in control.
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Dizziness is a feeling that the world around you is spinning, which can lead to a loss of balance or even fainting. There are a variety of causes of dizziness, including low blood pressure, low blood sugar, or migraine headaches. Treatment is primarily aimed at diagnosing and treating the originating cause of the dizziness, although there are a few things that can be done at home to help stop it. Lifestyle changes, such as moving slowly when changing position, or natural treatments, such as ginger, are often helpful.

When a person is experiencing dizziness, it is important to not make any sudden movements, as this could increase the loss of balance. The dizzy person should sit or stand slowly, holding onto a stable object such as a wall. Slow, deliberate movements can often help to stop dizziness.

Ginger is one of the most widely used methods to stop dizziness. Fresh ginger added to the diet is the most potent way to take this herb, although it is not always practical, as fresh ginger can sometimes be difficult to find or use in the proper dosages. For this reason, many people prefer to take ginger supplements in the form of powders or capsules. Ginger ale, a popular carbonated beverage, has also been shown to help some people.

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Dehydration is known to cause dizziness, and many people do not drink the recommended six to eight glasses of water per day. For these people, something as simple as increasing their daily fluid intake may be enough to relieve this symptom.

Low blood pressure and low blood sugar are also common causes of dizziness. Regular medical check-ups can often detect such problems before they become severe enough to cause symptoms. The healthcare professional will then work closely with the patient to determine which foods and medications can help to correct the problem.

Bacterial and viral infections, such as colds or the flu, can often cause dizziness. There are no actual cures for these conditions, but over-the-counter and prescription medications may be used to help ease the symptoms until the infections clear up on their own. Getting plenty of rest and drinking plenty of fluids while recovering can help to stop dizziness when dealing with this type of illness.

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serenesurface
Post 4

@fify, @ddljohn-- Great tips!

I get headaches and dizziness during sinus infections. When it happens, first I make sure to drink more water. I always keep several bottles of vitamin water and electrolyte water in the fridge. Then I go outside in fresh air. Somehow oxygen helps dizziness and just makes me feel better. Smelling a lemon or an orange makes me feel better too.

If you are constantly dizzy though and these don't help, I suggest being checked out by a doctor. Dizziness can also be a sign of more serious neurological or metabolic conditions.

My aunt used be constantly dizzy and after having a blood test at the hospital, she found out she has hypoglycemia. It's when blood sugar is always lower than normal. The doctor said that if she hadn't been diagnosed and treated, things could have gotten a lot worse. Hypoglycemia can apparently even lead to a coma if it's untreated. Dizziness is definitely a sign that something is off.

ddljohn
Post 3

@fify--I know how horrible inner ear related dizziness can be! I've had that problem in the past. I didn't know about ginger though, I would take the motion sickness pills from the pharmacy. Those stop the dizziness but the bad part is they also make you drowsy. I wish I had known about ginger supplements then.

I don't have constant dizziness but it happens at least four or five times a day. It only happens when I'm moving fast, like if I get up from my bed too quickly. Or if I sit and stand really fast. It's like the whole world is whirling, it's not a good feeling.

I've been worried about it but after reading this article, I guess it's pretty normal. I just have to learn to move more slowly.

fify
Post 2

Ginger is really great for dizziness! I have a problem with my inner ear which gives me nausea and dizzy spells whenever I'm in a moving car or other transportation. It tends to get worse if I take an underground metro or a plane flight. I guess the change in pressure affects the pressure in my inner ear.

But ever since I've started taking ginger supplements and ginger candies, my dizziness and nausea has almost completely disappeared. I just buy the ginger capsules from the pharmacy. Ginger candies are available at natural food stores or online.

If I can't find either, I just mix some dry ginger powder in honey and add it to milk or apply on toast in the mornings.

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