Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Benign Positional Vertigo Home Care

Home care for benign positional vertigo includes:

  • 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

Home care for vomiting in someone who has benign positional vertigo:

  • 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:

Continue to Benign Positional Vertigo Outlook

Last Updated: Dec 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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