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Understanding Fainting -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Fainting?

Depending on the cause of your fainting spell, you may have some or all of these symptoms before or during the episode:

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Blurred vision, seeing spots
  • Headache
  • Sensation that the room is moving
  • Ringing in the ears (see tinnitus)
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Paleness
  • Tingling or numbness of fingertips and around lips
  • Bluish cast to the skin
  • Shortness of breath
  • Incontinence (involuntary urination or defecation)


Understanding Fainting

Call Your Doctor About Fainting If:

You have an unexplained fainting episode. Especially if the episode occurs during exercise, happens during heart palpitations (feeling the heart beat irregularly), or if you have a family history of recurrent fainting or sudden death.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on April 04, 2014

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