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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 feeling light-headed or dizzy.

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

Several things can cause fainting. They include:

What to 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.

What to do to prevent fainting and light-headedness

See Ways to prevent fainting & light-headedness.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed March 2019. Last updated August 2019.


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