A small bout of dizziness might seem like a minor concern, often caused by standing up too quickly or not drinking enough water throughout the day. But there are times when dizzy spells could be an indication of a serious health problem. Depending on the symptoms, it could be a sign that you need to head to the emergency room immediately. At iCare ER and Urgent Care, we offer a skilled medical team to assist if you are concerned about dizziness or other medical issues.
Dizziness and Other Related Symptoms
In the moment of a dizzy spell, you might experience different physical sensations:
- Hearing or vision is a little off
- Feeling off-balance
- Difficulty walking
If you are experiencing vertigo (dizziness caused by an issue with the ears), then you might experience a sensation of tilting, swaying, or spinning, even when you are sitting still. Patients indicate that it feels like the room is moving around them.
Usually, a minor dizzy spell is temporary – you just need to lie down or sit down and allow it to pass. The symptoms go away after a few minutes. But don’t hesitate to talk to a doctor if the symptoms continue or you notice recurring bouts dizziness over time.
Signs an ER Visit is Necessary for Dizziness
Experiencing an occasional dizzy spell is normal, so you shouldn’t worry when the symptoms are minor. But it is important to pay attention to other symptoms that accompany the dizziness, which could mean that the dizziness is a side effect of a bigger health problem.
If your dizziness is paired with any of the following symptoms, then you should head to the emergency room immediately:
- Severe headache
- Recent head injury
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations or rapid heartbeat
- Weakness in one leg or one arm
- Double vision or other vision problems
- Hearing and speech problems
- Unable to walk
- Stiff neck
- Temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
- Symptoms that last more than a few seconds
Additionally, some patients have a higher risk of problems, so it is important to seek medical attention immediately – even for minor symptoms. If you are 55+ and/or you’ve previously had a stroke or you are at risk of having a stroke, then it is best to talk to a doctor right away.
Don’t Delay Medical Care
Dizziness with the above symptoms could indicate a serious health condition, such as heart attack, stroke, or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). If you or a loved one is experiencing one of these conditions, then immediate treatment is critical to reducing the long-term effects.
If you suspect an emergency situation because the symptoms are more severe compared to a normal dizzy spell, then don’t delay calling 911 or visiting the emergency room.
Sometimes, patients are worried about the cost of going to the ER. A convenient positive of selecting iCare ER and Urgent Care is that we provide a range of medical services in the same location. Walk-ins are always welcome in our ER. When you arrive, we will complete a complimentary, preliminary exam to determine the severity of the health concerns. Emergency services can be offered immediately, or you might be moved to urgent care if there is no immediate emergency. You will never be charged emergency prices if the care can be provided in our urgent care.
Our team helps by managing the immediate symptoms and identifying the underlying cause. The dizziness can be caused by hot temperatures, dehydration, medication, vertigo, or other health conditions. When we complete the evaluation, our goal is to identify why you are dizzy so the root problem can be treated.
iCare ER and Urgent Care is Here to Assist
If you are located in Frisco or Fort Worth, then our experienced team at iCare ER and Urgent Care is always available to help with your health concerns. We offer 24/7 emergency facilities, as well as urgent care support during regular business hours, as well as in the evenings and weekends.
When an emergency occurs, it is best to come to our ER right away – or call 911. You are welcome to call ahead to notify our staff of the incoming patient. Or, contact us at any time if you have questions about available services: (214) 407-8668.