Many local health experts are saying that this spring has been no worse than previous years, but those suffering from allergies and allergy-related hearing problems have been eager to disagree. With pollen levels exceeding 11 in April (on a 12 point scale), the heavy layer of pollen descending on Hampton Roads has been the source of seasonal woe for allergy suffers. In fact, those suffering from seasonal vertigo and hearing problems caused by allergies have become more common.
Allergy-related vertigo occurs when pressure on the inner ear (caused by blocked sinuses) conflicts the signals sent to the brain by various balance- and position-sensing systems of the body. As a result, you may feel that you or your surroundings are spinning, whirling, falling, or tilting when there is no actual movement. Many sufferers have trouble walking or standing.
If you are suffering from seasonal vertigo due to allergies: Do not lie flat on your back, as this can aggravate your dizziness. Instead, prop yourself up slightly to relieve the spinning sensation. Also, move more slowly to avoid the risk of falling from your lack of balance.
Individuals who experience vertigo, even if they believe it is caused by a seasonal allergy, should get it checked by a specialized ENT doctor or a hearing and balance specialist. The doctor can than rule out any other serious problem, and help alleviate the symptoms. Physical Therapy with a Balance and Fall prevention program can also help sufferers manage their symptoms.
Continuous pressure in the middle ear can cause permanent hearing loss. If you experience ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or vertigo (dizziness, or a feeling that things are dizzily turning around you), see your doctor. Depending on what is causing your vertigo, there may be steps you can take to reduce your bouts of vertigo. Talk to your doctor about a plan that fits your needs.