Travel Insurance & Benign Positional Vertigo

Benign positional vertigo causes short episodes of intense dizziness also known as vertigo when the affected person moves their head in certain directions.

This feeling is similar to spinning around in circles really fast, however you get this sensation from just standing still. The exact cause isn't known but it's thought to be caused by tiny solid fragments in the inner ear upsetting the body's equilibrium.Treatments include simply moving the head into various positions, in order to move the tiny fragments away from where problems are occurring. The effects of the vertigo can be mild, or it can be severe enough to cause nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, as well as a loss of balance and falling. We recommend you purchase travel insurance before flying with vertigo.

Benign positional vertigo is included in the pre-existing medical conditions that we cover. When you book your policy make sure you notify us of your condition so that you're automatically covered for any claim relating to this condition (provided you have not been hospitalised for the condition in the past 24 months).With benign positional vertigo it's important to have travel insurance even when in the planning stages of the trip - therefore if you need to change your plans you're covered. As well as this if something goes wrong during your trip because of your condition you'll also be able to make a claim.

Tips For Travelling With Vertigo

  • Planning is key to ensuring your benign positional vertigo is controlled while you're away from home.
  • Many people think flying effects benign positional vertigo. Flying can affect certain ear conditions which are pressure related. However benign positional vertigo is not one of them. Remember every person is different though and the movements of the aircraft may make symptoms worse. Therefore if you do plan to travel by plane be prepared for this.
  • Stress, and lack of sleep both make the symptoms worse. So when you're travelling remember to take it easy and do things at your own pace. Remember that you don't have to see it all to have a great holiday.
  • Medications like sedatives, antihistamines and antiemetics do help to a certain extent. See your doctor to find out what will work for you.
  • Take more medication then you'll need in case of travel delays and always carry it with you in case of lost luggage.
  • Ask your doctor to write a letter detailing your condition that you can take with you.
  • Learn different manoeuvres from you doctor do help to a certain extent. See your doctor to find out what will work for you.
  • Take more medication then you'll need in case of travel delays and always carry it with you in case of lost luggage.
  • Take an extra pillow or two so you can sleep with your head raised higher than usual. This can help combat symptoms.
  • Tell anyone you're travelling with about your condition, and what to do if an episode occurs.

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