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What is the difference between Vertigo and Dizziness?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Dec 30, 2019

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L. Agate

L. Agate

Answered Oct 11, 2019

Vertigo and Dizziness can be used interchangeably when describing the sensation of instability or a feeling of lightheadedness. Although the symptoms of vertigo and Dizziness may seem very similar in some ways, the truth is both terms are not totally the same. Dizziness is just a term that describes the sensation of imbalance, confusion, etc. At times, you just find yourself on the verge of losing your stand just because you have stayed so long on the ground.

Also, you can just be looking at some things while standing, and suddenly feel like you want to fall. The two examples are a better explanation of dizziness means. Vertigo, on the other hand, is also a term that describes the sensation of imbalance, lightheadedness, etc. But before this, there is always a spinning or whirling sensation in your head, which will definitely lead to Dizziness. This spinning sensation can also cause disorientation. However, vertigo and Dizziness are most times caused by a sudden reduction in the blood supply to the brain.


Yash Mathers

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Yash Mathers, Content Writer, Diploma in Literature, Austin,Texas

Answered Sep 15, 2019

Vertigo refers to a feeling of whirling and loss of balance. It is the feeling you have when you try to look down from a great height. This feeling occurs even when you are not moving. Many people describe it as a spinning sensation. Vertigo occurs as a result of unbalance in the vestibular system.

On the other hand, Dizziness is a feeling of being lightheaded or a state of near fainting. It is a vague term that describes many symptoms. Dizziness can be caused by a wide range of conditions such as Meniere’s disease, hypoglycemia, arrhythmia, low blood pressure and many more. Hope you find this information helpful.


Chris Kenway

Chris Kenway, Content Writer, Jacksonville

Answered Sep 11, 2019

Vestibulitis or vertigo is an illusion of movement, is a concrete symptom. Some disorder in the vestibular system marks it, and the perception generally accompanies that the room is spinning or moving. Sometimes nausea, vomiting, and shakiness may occur. Some of the causes of vertigo include Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, and ear infections.

Certain drugs, such as anticonvulsants, and multiple sclerosis medications can cause dizziness. Dizziness is a vague term which demonstrates similar symptoms and characteristics. However, it may differ in terms of severity of symptoms. Some of the symptoms include a reduced blood supply to the brain, loss of visual cues, disorders in the inner ear, and possibly the dysfunction of the nervous system.


M. Jabrowsky

M. Jabrowsky, Bank Manager, Ohio

Answered Sep 03, 2019

Vertigo and dizziness are known to be possible symptoms of a wide range of diseases. Vertigo is a feeling that you may experience wherein you might think that everything is moving even when it is not. This may occur when you do a sudden movement such as standing up suddenly or sitting up from a sleeping position. Dizziness is a feeling of nausea which may be experienced with the lack of oxygen.

Some people who are anxious may begin to feel dizzy because there is not enough oxygen that is flowing through their brain and the rest of their body. If you experience one or both of these symptoms, get yourself checked immediately so that the source can be determined.


Anthony Paul Bonadio

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Anthony Paul Bonadio, Teacher, MCA, PhD, Toledo

Answered Aug 27, 2019

You should know that vertigo and dizziness are known to be symptoms that people may feel. Vertigo is a feeling that you are spinning even when you are not moving. Some may experience this while they are sitting down or standing up and it may occur suddenly.

Dizziness is the feeling of lightheadedness. It may become too bad that it can make you vomit. Vertigo may only last for a few seconds but you can be dizzy for a much longer time. Usually, feeling dizzy will make you feel weaker and disoriented. These two may be symptoms of other diseases that you may have. Certain medications can make you feel dizzy.


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