First aid discomfort is a term that encompasses a variety of underlying illnesses and traumas. Common reasons include conditions such as stroke, heart attack, epilepsy, diabetes and low blood pressure. It can be difficult to determine the origin of the victim's signs, symptoms and complaints. As a rescuer, it is your responsibility to take appropriate action to help the victim. To do this, you must protect, question and observe the victim, before placing him or her at rest. It is then important to alert emergency medical services by calling 911. However, it is important to keep in mind that the diagnosis must be made by a physician. It should be noted that first aid discomfort is a broader concept than vagal discomfort, lipothymia and syncope, which are specific medical conditions.


Definition and Meaning

Discomfort is a term used to describe a general feeling of physical or emotional unwellness or discomfort. It can be caused by a variety of factors such as illness, trauma, chemical imbalances or environmental factors. Common symptoms of malaise may include nausea, dizziness, cold sweats and general weakness. Malaise can be a sign of more serious health problems and often requires a thorough medical evaluation to determine the underlying cause.


Common causes of fainting

Common causes of malaise include:

  • strokes,
  • myocardial infarction,
  • epileptic seizures,
  • asthma attacks,
  • diabetes mellitus,
  • hypoglycemia,
  • allergies,
  • low blood pressure,
  • etc.

Determining the cause of the discomfort

The victim's signs, symptoms and complaints are not enough to determine the cause of the discomfort. As a rescuer, you cannot know the cause. It is therefore important to consult a doctor for a diagnosis.

What to do in case of discomfort:

The course of action to take in the event of discomfort is the same, regardless of the cause:

  • protect,
  • ask questions,
  • observe,
  • Put at rest,
  • Alert emergency medical services by dialing 911.

Emergency medical services will be able to safely transport the victim for diagnosis.

Bottom line

It is important to remember that even if the victim's initial discomfort does not seem worrisome, the hidden cause may be serious and cause life-threatening distress. Therefore, it is crucial to seek medical advice to determine whether the discomfort is mild or severe. Emergency medical help is available by calling 911.