When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dizziness is often temporary and goes away on its own. These self-care tips may help:

  • Move slowly. When you stand up from lying down, move slowly. Many people experience dizziness if they stand up too quickly.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Staying well hydrated can help prevent or relieve several types of dizziness.
  • Avoid caffeine and tobacco. By restricting blood flow, these substances can make symptoms worse.

Schedule a doctor's appointment
Call your doctor if your dizziness is accompanied by:

  • A new, different or severe headache
  • Falling or trouble walking
  • Hearing loss

Seek emergency medical care
Dizziness can be a symptom of a serious medical problem, such as a heart attack or a stroke. Call 911 or have someone drive you to the emergency department if your dizziness is associated with:

  • Chest pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Changes in your vision or speech
  • Serious head injury
  • Leg or arm weakness
  • Loss of consciousness that lasts more than just a few minutes
  • Seizures
Sep. 11, 2012