What Causes Dizziness and Sweating All of a Sudden?

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Dizziness and sweating often go hand in hand. In fact, many patients notice these symptoms, especially when they suffer from dehydration, vertigo episodes, and panic attacks. This can sometimes result in confusion and fear, especially when you don’t know the root cause of your symptoms.

So, how can you tell if dizzy and sweating all of a sudden is a cause for concern? When do you use home remedies or call for emergency assistance? Find out about the two symptoms and the best remedies for dizziness and sweating as you read our discussion.

What Causes Dizziness and Sweating?

At first glance, getting dizzy and sweating all of a sudden may seem like ordinary problems that don’t require medical attention. After all, both can happen after a long workday.

But what do you think might happen if your seemingly harmless symptoms actually indicate serious health concerns, such as an impending heart attack or cardiac arrest? Naturally, this could spell trouble because it can affect every aspect of your life.  

If you experience sudden dizziness, sweating, and clammy feelings, it’s a sign to visit your doctor. Your doctor can rule out the possible cause of your concerns and know which remedies for dizziness and sweating might work for you.

To give you an idea, we gathered some of the most common underlying causes of sudden sweating and the feeling of passing out.

Heat exhaustion

Experts say that heat exhaustion is the leading source of weather-related health problems. Recently released statistics also share that about 505 people died because of heat exhaustion in the USA back in 2019. Heat exhaustion can trigger a laundry list of health problems ranging from dehydration, profuse sweating, disorientation, loss of balance, vertigo attacks, and dizziness. 

Notably, you can prevent heat exhaustion by making a few lifestyle adjustments, especially during the warm months of the year. Some examples of preventive measures you should try include:

  • Rescheduling activities at cooler times of the day
  • Drinking enough fluids (water, freshly squeezed fruit juices, etc.)
  • Wearing loose or lightweight clothes
  • Taking cool showers or baths
  • Laying off the alcohol
  • Minimizing rigorous physical activities 
Person getting dizzy and sweating all of a sudden

Hypoglycemia (Low blood sugar levels)

Blood glucose levels can fluctuate throughout the day. However, sometimes, they plummet to dangerous levels if you have hypoglycemia. Patients diagnosed with this condition report trembling, pallor, impaired vision, lethargy, sudden sweating, dizziness and clammy. Some even experience fainting, poor body coordination, and seizures.

If you suspect having hypoglycemia, you should talk to your primary doctor to determine the best approach to use. It would help if you made a few adjustments to your lifestyle, like eating fast-acting carbs. Your doctor might also recommend taking medications for hypoglycemic patients or trying alternative remedies like upper cervical chiropractic care. 

Panic attack

Panic attack, a mental health problem, can trigger intense bouts of anxiety or fear. The episode can last from a few minutes to an hour and trigger physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat, chest pain, upset stomach, nausea, vertigo, sweating, lightheadedness, and trembling.

If you frequently experience panic attacks, we suggest talking to a mental health professional. You can also benefit from finding the key triggers of your episodes. 

Cardiovascular problems

Cardiovascular conditions such as cardiac arrest and heart attack are medical emergencies. It’s best not to attempt self-care remedies, especially if you notice alarming symptoms. If you experience dizziness and sweating combined with other symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and difficulty concentrating, call 911 for help.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

Most people looking for remedies for dizziness have BPPV. It’s a widespread problem in the USA that affects about 40 percent of American adults. The condition stems from dislodged calcium crystals which mess up the signals sent to and from the brain and the vestibular organs. 

People diagnosed with BPPV experience various symptoms ranging from vertigo episodes, dizziness, and loss of balance when they make sudden head movements. Some even experience profuse sweating because of the anxiety they experience during an attack.

Having Bone Problems

A study performed in Korea reveals an interesting connection between vertigo and osteoporosis (a condition that lowers bone density and makes a person more susceptible to getting a fracture). Dr. Ji Soo Kim of Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea initiated the study. He observed 209 people diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and 202 people with no history of vertigo.

Dr. Kim tested bone density on the above-mentioned subjects. He noted that people with osteopenia (the stage before osteoporosis) were twice as likely to have vertigo compared to people with bone density in normal ranges. This may have to do with improper calcium metabolism.

Helpful Tips To Combat Dizziness and Spinning Sensations

Do you happen to suffer from any of the conditions above? If yes, it would help to consult with a medical professional. This way, you can determine how you should move forward, especially if it's associated with cardiovascular problems. However, if the issue doesn't require immediate medical assistance, you can try the following alternative ways to combat vertigo:

#1 Explore Canalith Repositioning

Did you know that the inside of your ear contains small crystals made from calcium carbonate? These crystals play a vital role in how your body maintains its balance. But what happens if one of these crystals (called canaliths) gets out of place? It suddenly becomes difficult for the body to know where it is in relation to your surroundings. Vertigo can occur.

Canalith repositioning has been developed to correct this very specific underlying cause of vertigo. There are numerous methods that have been developed to get the crystals back into the right canal. One doctor even came up with a particular way of doing a somersault. If that sounds like too much work to you, you will probably be more interested in the Epley maneuver, the most common method of canalith repositioning. An informed doctor or chiropractor should be able to help you through the maneuver and even provide you with a home version you can do yourself if the problem comes back.

#2 Drink Ginger Tea

Ginger is widely known for having health benefits. Researchers conducted a study involving ginger tea and vertigo. The result was that the tea was able to combat vertigo significantly better than a placebo. So what does that mean for you? Ginger tea may be an inexpensive way to try and chase vertigo away. Drink two cups daily and see if vertigo improves. If the taste is too strong for you (real ginger is pretty spicy) you can add a spoon of honey.

#3 Consume Fruits and Veggies Rich in Vitamin C

A Japanese study showed that increasing the amount of vitamin C in a person’s diet can lead to fewer bouts of vertigo. Why is this the case? One possible reason is that vitamin C is associated with fighting head colds. Virus such as a cold or the flu can lead to inflammation of the inner ear or even the vestibular nerve (the one that sends information from the ear to the brain). This inflammation can cause vertigo. So just staying healthier can lead to fewer vertigo occurrences.

#4 Make the Necessary Dietary Changes

There are certain foods and additives that are related to vertigo and Meniere’s disease (a vestibular condition that has vertigo as one of the 4 primary symptoms). Sodium is the big one. Since sodium traps fluids in the body, it could potentially lead to excess fluid in the inner ear, especially if something is causing the ear not to drain properly. Thus, a low sodium diet is a major method of caring for Meniere’s patients in particular. Certain foods may also be migraine triggers, and vertigo is a fairly common migraine symptom (about 40% of patients, according to some studies).

#5 Get a New Pillow

Many cases of vertigo stem from the neck. This is referred to as cervicogenic dizziness. Something as simple as changing your pillow or your sleep position may make a huge difference. If you sleep on your back, use a softer pillow. If you sleep on your side, use a firmer pillow, so your neck is not slanted toward the bed all night. Either way, be sure not to prop yourself up too high. Stomach sleepers are in the most danger and should try a new sleep position.

#6 Sleep on an Incline

Sleeping on your side with a cushion under your head can help prevent fluid from staying in your ears during sleep. Sleeping on an incline (like a recliner) can also help reduce dizziness and vertigo by helping maintain the fluid balance in your inner ear. These methods benefit those with severe symptoms that make sleeping normally on their backs or stomachs difficult. 

#7 Manage Stress

Stress may not be the underlying cause of your vertigo, but it could certainly be a trigger. Stress can lead to migraines or a flare-up of other conditions that cause vertigo. Whether you take up a hobby, get a massage, or head to the gym, it is important to find a healthy way to deal with stress (especially since negative ways like smoking or consuming alcohol can actually make vertigo worse).

#8 Drink More Water

Many bouts of vertigo are just your body’s way of letting you know you are getting dehydrated. Watch your water intake for a week to see if you are getting at least half a gallon (and preferably three-quarters of a gallon) daily.

#9 Opt for a Low-Sodium Eating Regimen

Eating low amounts of salt can help reduce fluid buildup in your inner ear, which often leads to attacks or other symptoms related to Meniere's disease. Try cutting back on processed foods, especially those high in sodium (such as canned soup or fast food), and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables instead! 

#10 Try Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

This is a subspecialty of chiropractic that very few people have heard of, but it is finding great success in helping patients in case studies to find relief from vertigo. This is because the slightest misalignment of the atlas (top bone in the neck) can affect brainstem function, blood flow to the head, and even eustachian tube function (the tube that allows the ears to drain properly).

Upper Cervical Chiropractic involves very precise measurements of even the slightest atlas misalignment using modern diagnostic imaging techniques. Low-force corrections are extremely gentle (none of the popping and twisting you may usually associate with chiropractic) and long-lasting. This gives the body more time to heal and significantly relieves symptoms such as vertigo.

The Most Practical Among the List of Remedies for Dizziness

Upper Cervical Care is among the leading remedies for dizziness, especially in cases of Morning Vertigo Attacks. Its natural approach to healing makes it an excellent option for patients who want to try something new and holistic. So, if you're experiencing Morning Vertigo Attacks, should you worry?

Essentially, the adjustments help the body cope by restoring balance in the nervous system. It removes signal interferences between the brain, brainstem, nerve roots, and other body parts, helping maintain optimal health and lessen the risk of developing diseases. It also addresses problems that might contribute to dizziness and vertigo, such as poor fluid drainage in the head and congestion inside the vestibular system. 

Case studies have proven its applications for various concerns, including low blood sugar, cardiovascular diseases, panic attacks, and vertigo-causing disorders. Moreover, countless patients attest to the tremendous benefits of upper cervical chiropractic care. 

So, suppose you’re looking for an alternative to address your health concerns (except for emergency cases like cardiac arrest and heart attack). In that case, we strongly suggest consulting with a nearby upper cervical doctor.

For further information read this blog: Can Long Driving Trips Make You Feel Dizzy?

FAQs

What causes dizziness and sweating?

Dizziness and sweating can result from various causes, such as low blood sugar, dehydration, anxiety, or an underlying medical condition.

What causes extreme sweating and dizziness?

 Intense physical activity, heat, anxiety, or a potential medical issue may trigger extreme sweating and dizziness; a doctor's assessment can provide clarity.

Why do I suddenly feel dizzy and sweaty?

Sudden dizziness and sweating can be linked to a range of factors, including low blood pressure, stress, or inner ear problems, necessitating a medical evaluation.

Can vertigo cause sweating?

Vertigo can lead to sweating in some cases, particularly if it induces anxiety or panic; it's essential to address the root cause with a healthcare professional.

What could cause experiencing cold sweats, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue simultaneously?

 Experiencing cold sweats, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue may be due to several causes, from anxiety or infections to more serious health issues requiring medical attention for diagnosis and treatment.

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