Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a common and harmless form of dizziness. Patients suffer from brief episodes of movement-related dizziness, which can be accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting. There are various movements and exercises that can bring relief or solve the problem.
Causes and treatment
- A “small stone” in the inner ear canal becomes dislodged (affecting the balance system)
- Often triggered by sudden movements such as turning, etc.
Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital
- What is known as the Hallpike manoeuvre (dizziness is provoked by a sudden movement of the head)
- Caloric test (water of different temperatures is irrigated into the ear canal)
- Relief movements and exercises (Epley, Semont, etc.)
- An exact sequence of movements helps to return the “small stone” to its original location
What can I do myself?
- For frequent attacks of dizziness, relief movements and exercises in accordance with instructions can be done at home