Dizziness or vertigo, what is the difference? Dizziness or vertigo, what is the difference?

While other causes and symptoms are very different, both conditions can be confused with one another. Learn how to identify them and what to do when they occur.

Vertigo. As the Cuban Virtual Library of Health indicates, vertigo occurs in 10% of adults; however, it is more common in women over age 60. It is characterized as generating a sensation of imbalance, nausea, vomiting, sweating, decreased hearing, ringing in the ears and involuntary abnormal eye movements (nystagmus).

Vertigo should not restrict movement nor prevent you from standing up. If this occurs, see a specialist.

How to reduce symptoms

  •       Take short breaks between each slow movement if necessary.
  •       Do not be afraid to move, just be careful and patient when doing it.

Dizziness. According to the Mexico City Neurological Center, dizziness occurs when the brain is not receiving enough blood as the result of a sudden loss in blood pressure. It may also be associated with dehydration caused by vomiting, diarrhea, fever or by standing up too quickly after sitting or lying down.

How to reduce symptoms

  •       Try to not make brusque changes in position, especially when you are lying down and stand up or turn from one side to the other.
  •       Avoid extreme movements of the head (especially looking up) or fast movements (turning or rotating).
  •       Eliminate or reduce the use of products that affect blood circulation, such as nicotine, caffeine and salt.

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