I am a 23-year-old female. I have experienced dizziness and lightheadedness for a few years now. Can you tell me what may be the cause?
The only way to know for sure is to see a doctor for a thorough examination. Your doctor may identify the source of the problem or may refer you to an otolaryngologist — an ear, nose and throat specialist.
Do you have ringing in your ears? Have you experienced hearing loss? They might signify a problem in the inner ear. Be sure to see an ENT for an exam and hearing test.
Dizziness can be caused by diseases that reduce the circulation of blood to the brain. The Vestibular Disorders Association says whiplash and head injuries are the most common causes of vestibular disorders in people younger than 50. They may also be caused by ear infections, viruses and prolonged use of certain antibiotics.
Treatment of the problem will depend on the cause, but many cases of dizziness can be cured entirely or brought under control.