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Dizziness and Sweating

Dizziness and Sweating

The feeling of dizziness and sweating rarely presents itself as an independent medical condition. It is often a sign of some physical disorder. Read on to know more..
Ashwini Kulkarni Sule
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2018
Did You Know?

Dizziness contributes to a whopping 8 million doctor visits every year, in the US alone!

Dizziness is an umbrella term which includes various types of physical discomforts. It is basically a lightheadedness that is accompanied by a sense of instability and a feeling of passing out. This is one of the common ailments that plague people across the world. More often than not, dizziness is also accompanied by profuse sweating and palpitations. Let's understand dizziness, sweating and its causes.
Causes
Fibromyalgia
One of the major symptoms of fibromyalgia is chronic dizziness. Fibromyalgia is a condition which results in extreme pain in muscles and the connective tissue. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is yet unknown, however, it is often considered as a musculoskeletal disease. Along with dizziness, sweating is also a common symptom of fibromyalgia.
Angina Pectoris
Angina pectoris often precedes a heart attack. It is characterized by a strangulating, suffocating experience which may be mistaken for indigestion problem. The dizziness and sweating that occurs during angina pectoris is a scary episode that continues for about 15 - 20 minutes. If the pain persists longer than that, do not hesitate to call emergency medical services.
Hypertension
Hypertension or high blood pressure causes dizziness, sweating and nausea like conditions. The cause is sudden elevation in the blood pressure of the person. It can be controlled by calming the mind and relaxing the body.
Hypotension
Hypotension or low blood pressure also induces similar symptoms as in hypertension. There can be several reasons for the lowering of the blood pressure, with pregnancy being one of them.
Panic Attacks
Panic attack causes a person to excessively sweat and also makes his head to spin. Panic attack may occur any time, amidst any activity. The person experiences a sudden dizziness and sweating, without apparent reason during a panic episode.
Side Effects of Medicines
Certain medications and drugs that interfere with the hormones of the body induce this kind of effects. Birth control pills are a common culprit that cause dizziness and sweating. Certain antibiotics also induce similar effects. You may consult your doctor regarding a substitute brand.
Hormonal Changes
The hormonal levels in a woman's body keep on changing throughout the menstrual cycle. During ovulation, hormones bring about quite some disturbances in the body, which lead to dizziness, sweating, nausea etc. Hormonal changes prevalent during pregnancy and menopause also make you susceptible to dizziness and sweating. During pregnancy, morning sickness may cause dehydration which eventually leads to a dizzy feeling. Apart from this, fluctuations in thyroid hormone may cause similar feeling.
Infection
An infection may lead to dehydration if you suffer from diarrhea, vomiting etc. A viral or a bacterial infection may make you weak, so that you experience vertigo-like symptoms.
Accompanying Symptoms
Though, dizziness, sweating are in itself symptoms of certain medical conditions, there can be other symptoms that may accompany this condition.
» More often than not, palpitations are an integral part of this condition.
» Dizziness is identified when the person has difficulty in walking, talking and experience a blurred vision.
» Temporary loss of hearing is also common in dizziness.
» Other major symptoms include clumsiness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.
» Pain in head, in between the eyes can also be reported in some cases.
The diagnosis of dizziness is based on the movements of eyes, dehydration and the coordination in the body movement. The treatment can be initiated only after an underlying cause is ascertained.
Life can be quite difficult for the person who is suffering from dizziness, sweating or similar conditions, therefore these conditions should be diagnosed and cured as early as possible to lead a healthy and hassle free life devoid of any such symptoms.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for information purpose only. Do not use the information presented herein as a substitute for medical practitioner's advice.