Any active virus in the body can cause vertigo if it affects the inner ear. Bacterial sinus infections may also cause vertigo symptoms.

Sinus infections can contribute to dizziness as a stand-alone cause, and sinus infections can co-occur with a new onset of BPPV. Therefore, sinus symptoms should not be ignored or dismissed in patients with dizziness or vertigo.

Consult with your doctor if you have sinus congestion, sinus infection, or chronic sinusitis. Addressing the sinus issues may be helpful in preventing acute, chronic, or recurrent vertigo.

What to do to Stop Vertigo from Sinus Infections

If vertigo is suspected due to a sinus infection, the treatment may include:

1. Resolving any BPPV with maneuvers, and

2. Implementing antiviral or antibacterial measures to fight the sinus infection along with immune system support, which may include the use of prescription medications, supplements, and/or dietary changes.

Your doctor may recommend certain medications, like antivirals, antibiotics, decongestants, antihistamines, eyedrops, and/or nasal spray.

Immune support may include Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and zinc, along with dietary changes like cutting back on sugar and alcohol. Getting good sleep is also important for healthy immune function.

The doctor may order special tests like a CT scan of your sinuses. Occasionally, sinus surgery is even recommended to correct a deviated septum.

If the sinus CT scan is normal, it’s possible that sinus symptoms are due to a vestibular migraine, so this should be considered for any patients with a personal or family history of migraine.

Sometimes, chronic or recurrent vertigo with sinus congestion can be gut-related. Many of my patients with chronic or recurring vertigo related to sinus issues have experienced a breakthrough when they cut high-histamine foods out of their diet.


This blog is provided for informational and educational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.

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