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FEELING DIZZY: WILL IT LAST FOR SECONDS, MINUTES, OR HOURS!!

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FEELING DIZZY: WILL IT LAST FOR SECONDS, MINUTES, OR HOURS!!

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How long does vertigo attack last? Generally, most vertigo cases may last for seconds or minutes. However, some vertigo attacks duration may vary from few seconds, minutes to hours or it may even last for few days.1, 2

What triggers vertigo episodes? Dizziness or vertigo episodes may be triggered by certain activities like looking up, lying on one ear, rolling over in bed and bending over. Episodes have a sudden onset with its intensity varying from being mild, moderate to severe episodes. 3

·        In permanent vestibular injury (e.g., stroke); Vertigo usually lasts for more than a few days.4

·        In acute inflammation of the vestibular nerve; vertigo normally lasts for a few days and resolves within several weeks.4, 5

·        In postural vertigo; attaches lasts for minutes to hours.5

·        In some disorders; attacks may last for seconds or minutes or hours. 5

 

Both the duration and the intensity level of Vertigo attacks are highly dependent on the underlying medical conditions causing it.4, 5

 

References:

1.       Luo, EK. How long does vertigo lasts. Healthline. 2018 Available at https://www.healthline.com/health/how-long-does-vertigo-last Last accessed: 21/62019

2.       Diagnosing the cause of vertigo: A practicle approach. Hong Kong Med J 2012;18:327-32 Available at https://www.hkmj.org/system/files/hkm1208p327.pdf Last accessed: 21/62019

3.       What is vertigo (BPPV). Department of Health. Available at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/edfactsheets/downloads/vertigo-bppv.pdf Last accessed: 21/62019

4.       SWARTZ, R. Treatment of Vertigo, Am Fam Physician 2005; 71: 1115-22. Available at: https://www.aafp.org/afp/2005/0315/p1115.pdf Last accessed: 27/06/2019

5.       Strupp, M Diagnosis and Treatment of Vertigo and Dizziness, Dtsch Arztebl Int 2008; 105(10): 173–80 Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2696792/ Last accessed: 27/06/2019