Symptoms and Causes of Vertigo

What Is Vertigo?

Vestibular disorders are a major health concern throughout the world. The Vestibular Disorders Association has revealed that about 35% of adults above 40 in the US suffer from a type of this medical problem. Vertigo is the most serious among them.

It is a vestibular disorder that can be described as an illusion of movement; a feeling that the surroundings are spinning around you (objective vertigo) or that you are spinning around them (subjective vertigo). It is a symptom, rather than a disease, and normally has other conditions behind it. [1]

Vertigo used to be considered a symptom of old age, but nowadays adults, teens and even children can experience it. People above 60, though, are still the most vulnerable group.

The sensation of spinning can be barely noticeable, or it may be so severe that you’ll find it hard to keep your balance. It can develop suddenly and go away in a few seconds, or it may be constant for several days. Acute cases can lead to permanent damage to the vestibular system and, at its worst, may be fatal. [2, 3]

Severe vertigo can interfere with daily life, so it is important to learn about its symptoms and causes, and seek medical help when necessary.


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