Fast Five Quiz: Dizziness and Vertigo

Helmi L. Lutsep, MD


September 22, 2022

Cold sores and other signs of previous viral illness may indicate vestibular neuritis. Vertigo is more prevalent among women than men, accounting for 3.2% vs 1.6%, respectively. Although idiopathic BPPV can occur in any age group, it is most prevalent among those aged 50-70 years. Vitamin B and D and iron deficiencies are more often linked to dizziness and vertigo. Systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis may also be associated with dizziness and vertigo, but osteoarthritis is not.

Other risk factors for dizziness and vertigo include suffering a head injury, taking certain medications, having a medical condition that affects ears or balance, and a family or personal history of vertigo. A history of headaches, especially migraine headaches, can be associated with dizziness.

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