New Onset Dizziness

Welcome to our Health Decision Guide on new onset dizziness.

Dizziness means different things to different people. To some people, dizziness means a lightheaded feeling, as though they might faint. To other people, dizziness means a feeling of imbalance, or a sensation that they are spinning or the room is spinning around them.

By answering a short series of questions, you will learn what is likely causing your type of dizziness. Please remember that the guide is not designed to substitute for consultation with a health professional.

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Whenever someone has dizziness, it's important to make sure there aren't additional worrisome symptoms.

If you have blacked out, fainted, or had any loss of consciousness, call your doctor immediately. Also, you can visit our guide called Fainting/Blacking Out/Loss of Consciousness.

If you feel lightheaded with standing but have not passed out or fainted, please visit our guide called Lightheaded with Standing Up.

If neither applies to you, then please continue.

Proceed with the guide.

It is uncommon for dizziness to indicate a life-threatening medical problem. However, there are some situations when you need to seek immediate medical attention. One example is dizziness following a head injury.

Have you suffered a recent head injury?

Yes, I have had a recent blow to the head.

No, I have not had a recent head injury.

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