Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Evaluation Treatment specialist Home Care nausea and vomiting warning signs Underlying Cause

Dizziness Home Care

Home care for dizziness includes:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid exposure to secondary smoke.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid rapid movements of your head.
  • Elderly people with dizziness require assistance to walk:
    • A fall may result in fractured bones
  • If you feel faint:
    • Lie down.
    • Elevate your feet above your heart for 10-20 minutes.
    • Do not climb stairs.
    • Do not walk.
  • Rise slowly from a sitting position.
  • If you have high blood pressure:
    • Learn how to take your blood pressure.
    • Check your blood pressure every day.
    • Keep a log of your results.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed:
    • Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
    • Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.

Dizziness Nausea and Vomiting

Home care for vomiting in someone with dizziness:

  • 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:

Dizziness Warning Signs

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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