FOOD & FITNESS / SEP. 19, 2014
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How to Deal with Fainting Spells at Work

Fainting occurs when we suddenly lose the flow of blood to the brain, and, as a result, we fall to the floor unconscious. Usually when people faint they come round fairly quickly, a glass of water a bit of fresh air and a sit down is usually all that is required to get the person back on their feet. Mostly fainting isn’t treated as serious, it often just seen as an embarrassing incident. However, fainting can have many different causes, and if it’s affecting you, it’s important to understand why you are fainting.  

Why do I faint?

For some people, regular fainting spells are part of life and are seen as a chronic condition often due to a fairly minor problem regarding a dysfunction of the vagus nerve. There can be many other reasons for fainting such as pregnancy, dehydration, shock, anxiety and certain drugs, all of which cause the vagus nerve to react. On a more serious note, the reason for your fainting could be due to a heart condition and is likely to need more serious medical attention. 

What should I do about my fainting spells?

Whatever is causing you to faint it can be rather embarrassing if you’re in a public place, so here are some top tips to deal with fainting spells at work:

# 1 -  Get to a safe place

If you feel yourself getting lightheaded move towards a chair, breathe deeply, and tell someone who is standing close to you so they can be ready to catch you if you do faint. The last thing you need if you pass out is a head injury to go with it. 

# 2 - Tell people

If you’re prone to fainting make sure you tell someone at your office; whether your manager, a co-worker or the office first aider; it’s important that people know and understand your condition so that they can treat you as and when it happens. 

# 3 - Don’t worry

There is only someone around who will help you when something happens at work, so don’t worry you will be in safe hands. When you come round, you may feel a bit disorientated, but that’s normal, give yourself a few minutes to fully regain consciousness and don’t stand up too quickly. The best thing you can do is raise your feet and lay back to allow the blood to flow back into your brain.

# 4 - Call a doctor

If someone hasn’t already, make sure you let your doctor know that you have fainted so they can check your blood pressure and general health before allowing you back to work. As I mentioned above, you never know what may have caused you to faint, and it’s important to never become complacent about the cause, even if it regularly happens.

Final thoughts

Fainting can certainly be scary, especially if it happens to you regularly, but by keeping the people at work informed of your condition and managing it effectively using the tips above, you can be sure that you will be safe and sound and ready for action in no time. 

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