Benign Positional Vertigo Home Care
- Avoid caffeine.
- Do not drink alcohol.
- Avoid exposure to bright lights.
- Avoid rapid movements of the head.
- Lie still in a comfortable position, flat on your side.
- Perform exercises for benign positional vertigo.
- Avoid falls:
- Elderly people must have assistance in order to walk.
- Avoid stairs
- Avoid food that contains sugar.
- Eat a low salt diet.
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
- Take prescribed medications as directed.
Benign Positional Vertigo Exercises
There are exercises for benign postural vertigo patients that can be done at home, but only after a doctor's evaluation. These may reduce symptoms of benign vertigo.
Exercises for benign positional vertigo:
- Sit on the edge of your bed near the middle, with legs hanging down.
- Turn your head 45 degrees to your right side.
- Quickly lie down on your left side, with your head still turned, touching the bed with the portion of your head behind your ear.
- Hold this position for 30 seconds.
- Sit up again. Hold position for 30 seconds.
- Quickly turn your head 45 degrees toward your left side and lie down on your right side. Hold this position for 30 seconds.
- Sit up again. Hold this position for 30 seconds.
- Repeat this exercise 4 to 5 times, 3 times per day.
Benign Positional Vertigo Nausea and Vomiting
- Drink clear liquids only, such as water, sports drinks, fruit juice and dilute tea. Sports drinks are best. The absence of food allows the intestines to rest.
- Drink small quantities of fluids frequently. In general, two tablespoons of fluid every 5 minutes is an effective strategy.
- Avoid milk and dairy products for 3 days.
- Avoid liquids that irritate the stomach, such as citrus juice, alcohol and coffee.
- If nausea or vomiting continues despite the above, consider one of the nonprescription medicines listed below.
- Once vomiting and nausea resolves, start bland foods first. If you tolerate bland food, then you can resume a normal diet.
Nonprescription medications for vomiting include:
Benign Positional Vertigo Warning Signs
Notify your doctor if you have benign positional vertigo and any of the following:
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