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Funny turns or fainting

Fainting is when you briefly lose consciousness. This is also known as a blackout. A funny turn is a short period of light-headedness or dizziness.

If you have a fainting spell or funny turn, it's important to get yourself checked by a doctor.

Several things can cause fainting. They include:

What you should do if someone is feeling faint or faints

If someone is feeling faint:

If someone faints:

Once the person has regained consciousness:


If the person doesn't wake up after one minute, phone 111 and ask for an ambulance. Then follow the advice for helping an unconscious person.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed November 2018.


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