Dizziness is a common symptom of menopause, which many women may experience regularly. Because of this though, it can be hard to know when and if you need to consider that it may be a symptom of a more serious condition. If you find that you have a constant feeling of lightheadedness or vertigo, there could be other factors pertaining to different health matters. Some of the more common causes of feeling dizzy all day are:
Women going through menopause often suffer from dizzy spells, this is usually due to the fluctuation of hormones in the body at this time, but can also be a consequence of other symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes and anxiety are known menopausal causes of dizziness.
An Inner Ear Problem
Damage to your inner ear, inflammation, or an ear infection can cause dizziness throughout the day. This is because the intricate system in this portion of the head influences our sense of balance, and so when it becomes impaired this can cause the brain to send confusing signals pertaining to centrality.
Low Blood Sugar Levels
Also known as hypoglycemia, this condition can cause a feeling of dizziness - it is particularly common among diabetics. The dizziness will often occur in the mornings when getting out of bed, or when standing up quickly from a horizontal or seated position.
Sudden Drop in Blood Pressure
This is especially more common among menopausal women. A quick, short-term, dip in blood pressure can cause a reoccurring dizzy feeling, which will usually right itself after sitting or lying down for a period of time.
Things to Do
Sometimes these causes can be remedied at home using natural remedies or by making small lifestyle changes, but it could be something more serious that requires doctor attention. Depending on the reason behind your condition, the following treatments might be recommended:
Sweet food or drink. If low blood sugar is causing your symptoms, it is important to ensure you keep to a diet suitable for you. Consuming sweet tea or candy might alleviate the sensation of dizziness.
Tea tree oil. If your dizziness is caused by an ear infection, an antibacterial or antiviral product such as tea tree oil can be useful. A few drops can be applied directly to the ear, or on a tissue or cotton swab.
Garlic. It has antibacterial activity which can be beneficial for soothing ear infections. It is simple to make a garlic oil preparation at home which can be used in the same way as the above.
Hormone supplements. These be medicated such as with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), hormonal supplements work by reinstating the balance of hormones and in so doing reducing the side effects of menopause.
Problems with feeling dizzy all day can be alarming and somewhat upsetting. Knowledge about some of the potential reasons for the sensation is useful, as is understanding some of the ways you can address or manage it. Always consult a doctor before taking any treatment.
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