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Vertigo: Staying Safe When You Have Balance Problems

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Introduction

Many people experience the spinning sensation of vertigo. The loss of balance it causes puts you at risk for falling and can also affect your quality of life if your fear of falling leads to a less active lifestyle.

Vertigo may be a lifelong symptom of conditions such as Ménière's disease or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). But if you have vertigo, you can reduce your risk of injury and remain active by taking personal precautions and making your home environment safe.


How can you make your environment safer?

You can make your home safer:

Personal tips that can help prevent injury during an episode of vertigo:

Using a safety checklist can help you make your home environment safe. Use it to be sure that your living space is free from clutter and that your bathroom and kitchen are safe.


Credits for Vertigo: Staying Safe When You Have Balance Problems

Current as of: December 2, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine


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