There is a definite link between physical and mental strain in situations where
people faint. For example, standing in an overheated and overcrowded airport
for a prolonged period of time may trigger a fainting attack, or being involved
in a minor car accident may lead to a person fainting even when they have received
no other injuries.
What are the warning signs?
A person who is about to faint will usually turn very pale, start sweating
and may also feel sick. They will usually complain that their sight is suddenly
fading and everything appears to be turning black. Fainting takes place very
suddenly and unexpectedly, and it can occur while standing, sitting down or
if someone gets up from a sitting position very quickly.
First-aid for someone who feels faint
If you find yourself in the company of someone who feels faint they will probably
be able to alert you to the fact that they are about to faint. Try to help them
to lie down with their head lowered and their legs raised. This position helps
the blood to flow back to the brain quickly.
If the person slumps back into a sitting position remove them from the chair
and put them into a horizontal position. Remaining seated will stop the fainting
episode from correcting itself.
If the patient remains unconscious, what should I do?
Fainting attacks are usually short, lasting for less than a minute in the vast
majority of cases. However, if someone falls unconscious and remains in that
state for more than one or two minutes, medical assistance should be sought.
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