Dizziness of the Head. Vertigo.
This affection makes objects which are stationary appear as if moving, or as the phrase is, 1, turning round." When seized with it, one will have a sensation as if falling, and objects about him will seem to be in motion.
It is caused by irritation of the nerves of the stomach in dyspepsia, by long application of the mind, by a weakened nervous system, by hysterics, and by a fullness of the blood vessels of the head. When it proceeds from most of these causes, it is not dangerous; but when caused by impending apoplexy, it is a symptom of very serious import.
Treatment. Find out the cause and remove that, and the dizziness will disappear. If it come from dyspepsia, eat lightly; if from costiveness, open the bowels either by coarse food, by daily cold water injections, or by some gentle physic. Avoid coffee, ardent spirits and late suppers, and take much exercise. Keep the feet warm, and the head cool. See to the liver and heart.
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