- Dizziness is a common problem that affects 15- to 20-percent of the adult population.
- It may bring sensations of spinning, lightheadedness, unsteadiness, or floating.
- Many conditions may contribute to dizziness, but inner ear disorders are frequently the cause.
- Self-care and lifestyle changes can help make your symptoms more manageable.
Most people have experienced the disorienting sensation of spinning or losing their balance. In fact, dizziness is so common, about 50-percent of adults will visit their physician with a complaint of dizziness at some point in their life.
Dizziness stems from many causes. Sometimes it gets better on its own without treatment, but when it occurs repeatedly or frequently, it can significantly affect your quality of life. Treatments may include medication and therapy, as well as the self-care measures outlined here.
The Four Types of Dizziness
People use the term “dizziness” to describe a wide variety of sensations. You might feel slightly off-balance or faint, or like the world is spinning around you. The American Academy of Family Physicians uses these symptoms to classify dizziness into four main types:
- Disequilibrium: Feeling unsteady, wobbly, or off-balance.
- Lightheadedness: Experiencing wooziness or feeling vaguely disconnected from your surroundings.
- Presyncope: Feeling that you are about to faint or blackout.
- Vertigo: Sensing that you or the objects around you are spinning.