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Dizziness

Dizziness can take many forms (e.g. light headedness, spinning, etc.) but it is never normal regardless of age.

It can occur for many reasons, e.g:

A drop in blood pressure when changing position (e.g. standing up from a chair) 

  • If you feel dizzy when you first stand up, change position slowly and exercise your arms & legs before rising
  • Sit back down again if you feel dizzy and wait until it passes 
  • Stand still or walk on the spot when you first get up and don’t rush

Dehydration

  • Make sure you drink plenty of fluids during the day (6-8 cups per day)
  • Drink regularly throughout the day
  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake

Inner ear disorders / vertigo

  • If you feel like the world is moving or spinning, or your dizziness is associated with nausea, vomiting, visual changes or hearing disturbances contact your GP surgery for further advice
  • Ensure you have had a hearing assessment recently

Medications

  • Discuss your symptoms with a community pharmacist if you are taking medication, particularly medication related to blood pressure 

Medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, COPD)

  • Consider whether your condition is well managed and discuss with a health professional if you need further advice

Anxiety

  • Try some relaxation techniques such as mindfulness or deep breathing
  •  Discuss with your GP if severe

NHS information on dizziness