What is Dizziness

Dizziness can describe several different sensations. Dizziness is an impairment of spatial orientation. A dizzy spell doesn’t always indicate a life-threatening condition, but it can be unnerving. Dizziness can be associated with more serious conditions, such as a stroke or cardiovascular problems. Even on its own, though, if dizziness leads to a fall, it can be dangerous.

Dizziness can occur when you’re moving, standing still, or lying down. When you’re dizzy, you may feel:

  • Faint
  • Lightheaded
  • Nauseous
  • Unsteady
  • Woozy

What’s the difference between dizziness and vertigo?

Intense vertigo can make you nauseous or so unsteady you can’t drive or walk. It feels like you or objects around you are:

  • Floating
  • Spinning
  • Swaying
  • Tilting


What causes dizziness?

A number of conditions can cause dizziness because balance involves several parts of the body.


    • Inner ear disorders are frequently the cause of feeling dizzy. The most common causes include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s syndrome, and ear infections. Ear infection treatments include medications to relieve the symptoms of nausea and dizziness. You might also need antibiotics, antiviral drugs, or steroids.

When should seek care?

If your dizziness won’t go away or keeps coming back, it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider about it. Seek emergency care if you also have any of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain
  • Double vision or blurred vision
  • Fainting (syncope)
  • High fever
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness in your face, arms or legs
  • Slurred speech or a stiff neck
  • Trouble walking


What to Expect

When you visit iCare in Frisco and Fort Worth, our team of exceptional and experienced physicians will immediately assess your situation and your medical history and provide a physical examination.  Your care team led by experienced ER Physicians may perform further laboratory tests. Once you are diagnosed, a treatment plan will be provided based on the severity of your condition and symptoms.