Dizziness is usually a temporary symptom of a short-lived health problem such as a viral infection or cold, and usually gets better without treatment.

Treatment for vertigo involves tackling the underlying cause and can involve specific drug therapy. The following general therapies can also help:

• Vestibular rehabilitation: a form of brain training to allow your brain to change the way it receives signals from the inner ear. This is often used in people with labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis and Meniere’s disease.

• The Epley manoeuvre: this involves manipulation of the head into set positions to move any hard debris in the inner ear to a place where they can no longer cause vertigo. It is particularly useful in people with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

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