Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • If you are doing heavy work like lifting heavy goods, work using ladder, driving etc., you should stop or avoid doing the work if you feel dizziness, vertigo or any other symptom of BPPV.
  • Sleep with your head raised higher than usual.
  • In bed, avoid lying on the side affected.
  • Avoid sporting activities.
  • Whenever possible, avoid moving your head quickly.
  • Wearing a helmet when motorcycling, playing baseball, or doing other sports activities can protect you from a head injury.


BPPV can affect people of any age, but commonly presents at around 50 years of age. Younger people may develop BPPV as a consequence of head trauma. Women are affected twice as often as men.

Watch Out

  • Dehydration
  • Nausea and vomiting

When to See Doctor

Consult your doctor immediately if you experience dizziness or vertigo along with any of the following
  • Severe headache
  • A fever of 101 F (38 C) or higher
  • Double vision or loss of vision
  • Hearing loss
  • Trouble speaking
  • Leg or arm weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Falling or difficulty walking
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Chest pain or rapid or slow heart rate

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