Why Do People Faint and How Is It Prevented?

Nov 03, 2021 10:50 AM EDT | By David Thompson

Why Do People Faint and How Is It Prevented?

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Although fainting is not generally a symptom of anything catastrophic, it can be frightening to those concerned if they are unaware of how to deal with the situation. Here's everything you need to know about fainting, from why we do it and how we may prevent it.

What Is Fainting?

Syncope is a medical term that refers to a person's loss of consciousness and posture, usually for 20 seconds to a minute, resulting in someone fainting. Fainting is the result of reduced blood flow to the brain and is not always an indication of something serious, but if it happens to you frequently, you should visit your doctor.

What Causes Fainting?

According to Express Pharmacy, an Online Pharmacy, though there are many different causes for fainting (dependent on the individual and their lifestyle), common reasons include:

●   Not eating or drinking enough

●   Heart problems

●   Standing up too quickly (which could be a sign of low blood pressure)

●   Being too hot

●   Taking drugs

●   Drinking too much alcohol

●   Being in severe pain

●   Being very angry or upset

Are There Other Symptoms Of Fainting?

Fainting comes on very suddenly. However, it is often accompanied by additional symptoms as well. Dizziness, nausea, slurred speech, cold skin, sweating, and altered vision are all possible symptoms.

How Do We Prevent Fainting?

Here are a few things you can do to help avoid fainting and passing out - these are particularly important precautions for people who are prone to faint or have health issues that make fainting more likely.

●   Make sure you drink enough water each day to avoid becoming dehydrated.

●   Skipping meals is not recommended; make sure you eat nutritious, well-balanced meals on a regular basis.

●   If you're prone to fainting, avoid spending an excessive amount of time in hot weather.

●   If you have been told to take a specific medication, remember to follow your doctor's orders. Remember that any prescription medicines you've been given are extremely important, especially for those on drugs for heart disease or diabetes.

●   If you're feeling light-headed or dizzy while taking a drug, talk to your doctor; they may be able to give you something else.

●   If you have to stand in one place for an extended period of time, don't forget to shake out your legs and walk around.

●   If you're going to give blood or have a shot, drink lots of water beforehand, eat a meal around three hours beforehand, and avoid looking at the needle; make sure you're resting when you get the injection.

●   If you're someone who suffers from anxiety, you might want to experiment with different coping techniques until you find one that works for you. This might include talk therapy, meditation, or exercise as a strategy to manage your anxiety.

What Do I Do If I Feel Like I'm About To Faint?

To help you avoid fainting, here are some of the many phases to remember if you feel like you're about to pass out.

Lie down

If you can, lay down with your legs in the air to help increase blood flow to the brain.

If you can't lie down, sit down

If you're unable to sit down, rest your head between your legs.

Tense your arms

You can assist raise your blood pressure by making a tight fist and tensing your arms.

Take deep breaths and count to 10

Take deep breaths in and out, counting to ten slowly if you feel like you're about to faint due to anxiety, or take some slow diaphragmatic breathing.

Cross your legs

Another method to aid in the reduction of your blood pressure is to shut your legs tightly and press them together.

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