Dizziness and nausea - if you have both of these symptoms at the same time

Dizziness and nausea - if you have both of these symptoms at the same time

Dizziness and nausea often appear together.

They are typical symptoms of several conditions. Very rarely, they can be symptoms of more serious diseases, such as a brain tumor. Some people worry that these symptoms mean they have cancer or a brain tumor, but these are not typical symptoms of these diseases.

Causes of nausea and dizziness

  • Headaches
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Some prescription medications
  • Viral or bacterial illnesses of stomach
  • Infection of other organs (e.g., ear, eye);
  • Dehydration
  • Anxiety
  • Pregnancy
  • Brain injuries

When to see a doctor

Nausea and vomiting with no other symptoms usually go away on their own.

A person should see a doctor if they:

  • have symptoms for more than a few days
  • are pregnant and become dehydrated or cannot keep food down
  • have other symptoms, such as changes in personality or trouble walking
  • develop nausea or dizziness after starting a new medication
  • have frequent migraine headaches or other headaches that disrupt daily functioning
  • experience chronic anxiety

A person should go to the emergency room if they:

  • have trouble moving, pain or numbness on one side of the body, or other symptoms of a stroke
  • lose consciousness or seem very confused


It is not always possible to prevent nausea and dizziness. Here are some strategies that can reduce the risk:

  • washing hands frequently, especially when in close contact with others or after being around someone who is sick
  • avoiding working or going out in public when sick
  • drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • seeking medical care for any unexplained symptoms