Feeling light-headed? These 6 things cause dizziness and they’re rarely serious

These six things can cause dizziness

It can be quite scary, feeling dizzy. You’re feeling light-headed and it seems as if you are losing control over your own body. You might even faint! You might worry you’re ill or have a serious condition, but luckily dizziness is rarely caused by anything nasty.

It might be caused by one of these things.

1. Low blood sugar

When you feel dizzy quite often, you might have low blood sugar. Think about what you’ve eaten today. Has it been a while since you’ve eaten anything, or is it just too little? Try to eat something that will raise your blood sugar, such as whole grain foods. Avoid ‘fast carbs’ such as sugary foods, as this will cause a peak in your blood sugar.

2. You are dehydrated

Have you had enough water today? If you can’t remember the last time you’ve had any, or perhaps you’re on your fifth cup of coffee, it’s time to head to the water dispenser and drink some water! Especially in hot weather when we’re sweating a lot we are losing heaps of moisture. Make sure you drink 2 to 2.5 litres of water each day. So fill up a reusable bottle or a pitcher with water and keep drinking!

3. You have an ear infection

Is your dizziness paired with a cold or pain in your ear? Then it might be time to head to the doctor’s office. An ear infection can mess with your balance, which might cause dizziness. Do you have a cold? Then it might be a sinus infection, a virus or bacteria causing it. Have a doctor check up on you to see what can be the cause.

4. Anaemia

Anaemia or iron deficiency could also be the root of your problem. Both can cause bothersome symptoms such as dizziness. Make an appointment with your doctor to have your bloodwork done to see if this might cause your dizziness, especially if it’s accompanied by drowsiness, light-headedness and a raised heartbeat.

5. Medication

Do you take medication? If you feel dizzy often, it might be wise to check the package leaflet. Perhaps dizziness is a side effect of your medication. If you feel dizzy right after taking your medicine or if it has never happened before, talk to your doctor! You might need to change up your medication.

6. Allergies

Lastly, your dizziness might be caused by your allergies. Do you have seasonal allergies or perhaps you are around pets while you’re actually allergic? You could feel dizzy because your ears are blocked up because of the allergies, which can interfere with your balance.

If you think something else is the cause of your dizziness, please contact your doctor for a checkup.

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