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What causes dizziness?

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Dizziness – sometimes referred to as lightheadedness – can be brought on by a wide range of factors. In general, people who feel dizzy describe it as a feeling of being off-balance, however other experiences such as spinning room-type sensations are also common.

The most frequent causes of dizziness include viral illnesses that affect the ear – often resulting in vertigo, migraines, hyperventilation (and thus lack of oxygen) brought on through stress, as well as low blood sugar levels. Despite many people feeling dizzy at odd moments throughout their day-to-day lives, the good news is that in most cases it’s not an indication of a serious underlying issue. However, a doctor should always be consulted with any particularly intense or persistent cases.