10 Lightheadedness Symptoms

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Light-headedness is a condition where a person feels dizzy and is close to passing out. It may be caused by orthostatic hypotension, medication, dehydration and viral or bacterial infections. Since the symptom is present in a variety of medical conditions, light-headedness isn't commonly used as an identifying symptom of a particular medical issue.

Light-headedness isn't necessarily a cause for concern if it occurs on its own, as it may be caused by standing up too fast, low blood sugar or vigorous exercise. However, if a person experiences persistent light-headedness that doesn't go away or lasts several days, they should seek medical help.1‘Lightheaded? Top 5 Reasons You Might Feel Woozy.’ Harvard Health, Harvard University, 31 Aug. 2020, www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/lightheaded-top-5-reasons-you-might-feel-woozy

Dizziness

Dizziness may be experienced along with light-headedness. Dizziness is commonly characterized by a lack of balance, the sensation of a room spinning, trouble concentrating and nausea. Spells of dizziness may last for several minutes, hours or even days in some cases.

Vertigo is a condition that may cause intense periods of dizziness and light-headedness that can last for several minutes or more at a time. A potentially serious condition commonly caused by problems with the inner ear, vertigo can be difficult to manage and if suspected, warrants medical attention.3Team, Brain and Spine. ‘Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Dizziness Problems.’ Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic, Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic, 16 Oct. 2020, health.clevelandclinic.org/is-your-world-spinning-help-for-dizziness/

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