It happens to all of us, every once-in-awhile. We get dizzy. Sometimes it lasts for just a few minutes, and sometimes much longer. But how serious are dizzy spells, and at what point should you get medical help?
We have those answers and more in the following discussion on the five causes of dizziness and when you should seek help at an Urgent Care center. And in the meantime, if you’re having dizzy spells, head to the affordable clinics that make up the UrgentMED network of walk-in clinics located throughout Southern California. There’s certain to be one near you.
How Do You Know if You’re Experiencing a Dizzy Spell?
Dizzy spells are extremely common and can happen to anyone at any time. Here are some symptoms of dizziness:
- A false sense of motion or spinning (vertigo)
- Unsteadiness or a loss of balance
- Feeling faint or lightheaded
- A feeling of floating, wooziness
- Shortness of breath
- Double vision
- Irregular heartbeat
There are many causes of dizziness. Often, something as simple as getting up too quickly from a chair or bed, for example, can cause you to become dizzy. But dizziness can lead to some very dangerous situations, such as causing you to faint or fall, or preventing you from being able to walk, especially if your issues with it become prolonged or chronic.
When You Should Seek Help at Urgent Care
If you get dizzy often and are unclear as to why, you should see a doctor. Now – let’s look at the five causes of dizziness, in no particular order, and when you should seek help at an Urgent Care facility, such as the walk-in clinics that make up the UrgentMED network.
Cause #1: Certain Medicines
Some medications – for example, those used for blood pressure, pain, or antibiotics can cause dizziness. Often these medications will come with warnings that indicate the potential for dizziness. If it becomes too much for you to handle, talk to your doctor about switching medications.
Cause #2: Heart Disease
You can also become dizzy if you’re suffering a heart attack or heart arrhythmia, in which your heart is beating too fast, too slow or irregularly. If you suspect a heart attack, get to a hospital or call for help immediately.
Cause #3: Metabolic Disorders (Hypoglycemia and Dehydration)
People with diabetes can suffer from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), possibly causing them to faint. You can also experience dizziness if you become overheated or dehydrated after exercising or a work-related activity. To prevent dizziness associated with these health complications, be sure to drink lots of water and pursue a balanced diet that is incorporative of the right foods for your body.
Cause #4: Blood Pressure
If your heart isn’t pumping enough blood to your brain, this can cause low blood pressure (hypotension), and if you stand up or sit-up quickly, you can begin to feel dizzy or lightheaded.
Cause #5: Vertigo Caused by Inner Ear Problems
Let’s revisit a word we just mentioned earlier: vertigo. The best definition of vertigo is severe dizziness. Imagine all of a sudden losing your balance or believe that your surroundings are spinning or moving. That’s vertigo, which is associated with a disease affecting the inner ear. Individuals suffering from vertigo may experience a debilitating bout of dizziness at just about anytime, anywhere. If you think you are dealing with vertigo, it would be wise to consult a physician at any UrgentMED Southern California walk-in clinic.
Other Causes of Dizziness
Other causes of dizziness can include some neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis; anxiety disorders; motion sickness; low levels of iron (anemia) and more, but they don’t usually require immediate help, unless you faint or fall.
Come to UrgentMED When Feeling Dizzy
If you’re feeling dizzy, head to and UrgentMED clinic near you. With 19 locations, we’re the largest urgent care network in Southern California. And we’re fast. We’ll treat you during your lunch hour. Our patients rarely wait for more than five minutes before seeing a doctor or another medical staff member. On average, patients spend about 25 minutes here in total.
Whether or not you need help due to the five causes of dizziness when suffering from a non-life-threatening injury or sickness, head to one of the UrgentMED Network of walk-in clinics. Our facilities offer lab/bloodwork, x-rays, vaccinations/immunizations, breathing treatments, heart tests, and more. We accept most insurance plans, but we may also help you if you don’t have insurance – we accept a wide network of different insurance policies and guarantees affordable rates for individuals or families that are currently uninsured and need medical attention. You don’t need an appointment, and parking is free.