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Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Also called: BPPV
Episodes of dizziness and a sensation of spinning with certain head movements.
  • Treatable by a medical professional
  • Requires a medical diagnosis
  • Lab tests or imaging rarely required
  • Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is triggered by certain changes in head position, such as tipping the head up or down. It's rarely serious unless it increases the risk of falling.
People can experience dizziness, a spinning sensation (vertigo), lightheadedness, unsteadiness, loss of balance, and nausea.
Treatment includes a series of head movements that shift particles in the ears.
Common: More than 200,000 US cases per year
Consult a doctor for medical advice Sources: Mayo Clinic and others. Learn more
People also ask
What is the most common cause of BPPV?
Having a past head injury is a major cause. Other times, BPPV may result from other problems with the vestibular system. These can include Ménière disease or vestibular neuritis. Ear surgery is a less common cause.
Is BPPV a serious disease?
BPPV is not a sign of a serious problem, and it usually disappears on its own within 6 weeks of the first episode. However, the symptoms of BPPV can be very frightening and may be dangerous, especially in older people. About half of all people over age 65 suffer an episode of BPPV.
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Can BPPV go away on its own?
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) may go away in a few weeks by itself. If treatment is needed, it usually consists of head exercises (Epley and Semont maneuvers). These exercises will move the particles out of the semicircular canals of your inner ear to a place where they will not cause vertigo.
Is BPPV a permanent condition?
BPPV often goes away without treatment. Until it does, or is successfully treated, it can repeatedly cause vertigo with a particular head movement. Sometimes it will stop for a period of months or years and then suddenly come back.
14 hours ago · Vertigo is a sense of spinning dizziness that nausea often accompanies. BPPV is a specific diagnosis and each word describes the condition: Benign —It is not ...
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8 hours ago · BPPV is generally an easily treated disorder. Vertigo is described as feeling like you are turning around when you are standing still.
10 hours ago · Ear conditions are the cause of your dizziness. This includes benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), an inflammatory condition called labyrinthitis.
12 hours ago · BPPV may go away in a few weeks by itself. If treatment is needed, it usually involves your doctor moving your head in different directions. Various medicines ...
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5 hours ago · Medicines called vestibular suppressants may be tried if your symptoms are severe. Medications generally are not recommended for the treatment of this condition ...
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