Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo Treatment
BPPV which is Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is a ailment considered by episodes of sudden and acute vertigo (dizziness) when your head is moved around.
Dizziness includes rolling over in bed, getting out of bed, and lifting your head to look up are Common triggers of your vertigo. BPPV is caused by particles within the balance organ of your inner ear. Usually, BPPV affects only one ear. BPPV is also known as benign postural vertigo, positional vertigo and top-shelf vertigo (because you get dizzy looking up).
The symptoms of BPPV can include:
- Dizziness and/or nausea
- Sudden episodes of violent vertigo
- Movements of your head trigger vertigo
- Your vertigo may last half a minute or more
- Your eyes may drift and flick uncontrollably (nystagmus)
Causes of BPPV:
BPPV is caused by little ‘ear rocks’ or otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) within the vestibular canals.
Generally, these crystals are held in special reservoirs within other structures of the inner ear (saccule and utricle). It is thought that injury or degeneration of the utricle may allow the ‘ear rocks’ to dislodge and escape into the balance organ and interfere with your vestibular system.
Factors that may cause or allow ‘ear rocks’ to migrate into your vestibular canals include:
- Degeneration of the inner ear structures
- Head or ear injury.
- Ear surgery or ear infection, such as otitis media
- Vestibular neuritis (viral infection of the inner ear)
- Meniere’s disease (a disorder of the inner ear)
- Some types of minor strokes