The 24-carat sunshine on the hills of Shillong is a scene straight out of travel magazines. February is the best time to visit the valleys of Meghalaya. The coniferous forests will give you a sense of great height when you begin to climb the hills. It’s right at that moment that you may feel elements of nausea and fear creep in, especially when you look down at the rock bottom. Alok Bhartia’s trip to the Nohkalikai Falls brought in the same feeling for him.
The culprit is none other than vertigo (not the Marvel character). Vertigo is basically the feeling of nausea, dizziness, excessive perspiration, loss of the sense of balance, and fuzzy vision. Vertigo attacks usually happen due to inner ear infections but it can also happen because of acrophobia. Luckily, he held onto a friend from his entourage! After a few checkups and reading blogs about vertigo, Alok Bhartia came up with some dos and don’ts when one experiences vertigo.
1. Hold on to the nearest grounded support to let the vertigo pass.
2. Sit down and take a position that feels comfortable. Make sure you’re still as possible. Moving too much might invite more nausea.
3. If you feel a spell of vertigo when you’re driving then stop the vehicle.
4. Keep a walking staff handy if vertigo attacks are frequent.
5. Always move slowly and carefully on rough terrain
6. Use the Epley Maneuver to treat vertigo.
Alok Bhartia suggests seeking a doctor’s aid if the problem persists. If you’re struck by vertigo in a safe environment like home, it could be a sign of an ear infection that has festered for too long. You’ll also experience a constant ‘throbbing’. Temporary relief includes antibiotics to reduce the ear infection. Though, it’s better to have a full-body checkup before planning a trip to the mountains.
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