Overview

It's common to sometimes feel dizzy, lightheaded or off-balance, and it's not usually serious.  See a GP if you're worried.

Check if you have dizziness

Dizziness includes feeling:

  • off balance
  • giddy
  • lightheaded or faint
  • like you're spinning or things around you spinning (vertigo)

How you can treat dizziness yourself

Dizziness usually goes away on its own. But there are things you can do to take care of yourself while you're feeling dizzy.

Do

  • lie down until dizziness passes, then get up slowly
  • move slowly and carefully
  • get plenty of rest
  • drink plenty of fluids, especially water
  • avoid coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and drugs

Don't

  • bend down suddenly
  • get up suddenly after sitting or lying down
  • do anything that could be dangerous while you're dizzy, like driving, climbing a ladder or using heavy machinery
  • lie totally flat if you feel like things are spinning - use pillows to prop up your head

See a GP if:

  • you're worried about your dizziness or vertigo
  • it won't go away or keeps coming back
  • you're finding it harder to hear
  • there's ringing or other sounds in your ears (tinnitus)
  • you have double vision, blurred vision or other changes in your eyesight
  • your face, arms or legs feel numb
  • you have other symptoms like fainting, headaches, feeling or being sick

Call NHS Direct Wales

If you can't speak to your GP or don't know what to do next call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or NHS 111 if available in your area.

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Selected links

NHS Direct Wales links

Falls

Vertigo

Labyrinthitis

External links

Brain and Spine Foundation: dizziness

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The information on this page has been adapted by NHS Wales from original content supplied by NHS Choices.
Last Updated: 01/10/2018 15:22:12