What causes dizziness, and how is the cause diagnosed?

Written by: Professor Ahmed Allam
Edited by: Conor Lynch

Dizziness is a common experience, encompassing various sensations like feeling lightheaded, faint, unsteady, or off balance. While it can be unsettling, dizziness itself isn't usually a cause for serious concern. Here, esteemed consultant ENT surgeon, Professor Ahmed Allam, tells us about some of the most effective home remedies for dizziness.

What causes dizziness?

Several factors can disrupt your body's balance system, leading to dizziness. These include inner ear problems, dehydration, low blood pressure, medication side effects, and anxiety.


What are the symptoms of dizziness?

Dizziness can manifest in various ways, including feeling lightheaded, woozy, or like you might faint. You might experience vertigo, a spinning sensation, or feel unsteady on your feet.


How is the cause of dizziness diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose dizziness by considering your medical history, symptoms, and a physical exam. Depending on the suspected cause, further tests like blood tests or balance assessments might be needed.


How is dizziness treated?

Treatment for dizziness depends on the underlying cause. For inner ear issues, specific manoeuvres might be helpful. Dehydration-related dizziness requires rehydration, while medication adjustments can address dizziness caused by medications. In some cases, underlying conditions need treatment.


What are the most effective home remedies for dizziness?

Simple measures can often help manage dizziness. Staying hydrated, getting enough rest, and avoiding triggers like sudden movements can be beneficial. If you feel dizzy, sit or lie down and avoid straining.


If you experience persistent or severe dizziness, schedule in an appointment today with Professor Ahmed Allam today. 

By Professor Ahmed Allam
Otolaryngology / ENT

Professor Ahmed Allam is a highly accomplished and renowned consultant ENT surgeon, based in Brentwood and Warrington. He possesses expert knowledge in a wide range of issues related to the ENT speciality, focusing principally on dizziness, tinnitus and ear drum perforation, as well as sinus problems, stapedectomy and septoplasty.

Professor Allam was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB ) in 2005 from Mansoura University, Egypt. Following this, he undertook higher surgical training in a number of renowned teaching hospitals, including Manchester University Hospitals and Cambridge University Hospitals, where he gained a wealth of knowledge.
In his career thus far, Professor Allam has performed over 4,000 surgeries in ENT, with over 1,000 in ear surgery including cholesteatoma, tympanoplasty (repair of ear drum perforations) and implants, as well as over 1,500 sinus surgery and skull base surgeries.
He has been awarded numerous fellowships, including one from the American Academy Fellowship in 2013, as well as a Cambridge based fellowship, where he underwent speciaist training in multiple areas, including skull base surgery, hearing implantation surgery, ménière’s disease and endoscopic sinus surgery.
Throughout his illustrious career, Professor Allam has consistently demonstrated his commitment to providing the highest standard of patient care, concentrating on the importance of trust between doctor and patient. He is dedicated not only to his patients, but also future medics, who he lectures at his former unviersity, Mansoura University in Egypt. 

Furthermore, until very recently, he held the coveted role of educational supervisor for the Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust Programme, which works to train Otolaryngology specialists in the North West. He is also a member of The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the European Board of Otolaryngology.

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