Many people experience the spinning sensation of vertigo. The loss of balance it causes puts you at risk for falling and can also affect your quality of life if your fear of falling leads to a less active lifestyle.
Vertigo may be a lifelong symptom of conditions such as Ménière's disease or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). But if you have vertigo, you can reduce your risk of injury and remain active by taking personal precautions and making your home environment safe.
You can make your home safer:
Personal tips that can help prevent injury during an episode of vertigo:
Using a safety checklist( What is a PDF document? ) can help you make your home environment safe. Use it to be sure that your living space is free from clutter and that your bathroom and kitchen are safe.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineKarin M. Lindholm, DO - NeurologyE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Current as ofMarch 28, 2018
Current as of: March 28, 2018
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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