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Vertigo is when you feel like you or everything around you is spinning. It can also affect your balance.

Things that can help if you have vertigo include sitting or lying down during attacks and avoiding sudden head movements during daily activities.

To find out what might be causing your vertigo, a GP will ask about your symptoms and may do some simple tests to check your balance.

Vertigo often gets better without treatment. Any treatment you need depends on the cause. For example, you may need antibiotics for an ear infection.

Vertigo is usually due to a problem with the inner ear. It can be caused by an infection, sudden head movements or conditions like Ménière's disease.

Vertigo often gets better without treatment. See a GP if it keeps coming back or is affecting your daily life.

Page last reviewed: 02/05/2023
Next review due: 02/05/2026