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Helping Someone Who Fainted

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Overview Of Fainting

  • Fainting takes place when there is a decreased flow of blood to the brain
  • A person may also experience a fainting spell which is generally short-lived and not dangerous
  • It might or might not point to a severe underlying issue. A medical expert will be able to advise you.

Common Causes Of Fainting

  • When a person is feeling stressed
  • A person is emotionally distressed
  • A person is experiencing some form of anxiety
  • Fainting might be from a result of extreme pain
    Fainting takes place when there is a decreased flow of blood to the brain

    Fainting takes place when there is a decreased flow of blood to the brain

  • If you skip meals, you might feel faint
  • When a person gets up too quickly, they can feel faint
  • Standing on your feet for long periods of time
  • Some prescriptions can cause you to feel faint
  • Diabetes especially when the sugar levels drop
  • Blood pressure

Symptoms Of Fainting

A person might experience the following before fainting:

  • Feeling nauseous
  • Light-headedness
  • Extreme sweating
  • Vision might appear blurred
  • Heartbeat is fast or palpitations may occur

Treatment For Fainting

  • Fainting is considered a medical crisis, until confirmed otherwise
  • When an individual feels like fainting, let them sit down for a while
  • If the person is seated, place their head in between their knees
  • When an individual faints, place them on their back
  • Look to see if the airway is clear and not obstructed
  • Make sure you untie any loose clothing to allow proper blood flow
  • Lift their feet above the level of their head so blood can flow
  • The casualty should return to normal after a few minutes
  • Get medical help if the casualty doesn’t return to normal
  • Examine to see if the casualty is breathing and if they have a pulse
  • If you don’t see any signs of breathing, begin CPR immediately

Prevention For Fainting

  • When fainting signs appear, relax and lie down
  • Try to eliminate worry and anxiety from your life
  • Ask your doctor which of your medications might cause fainting

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