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Hypotension: dizziness, nausea, and faint

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Everytime I take a shower, I become faint, light -headed and sometimes nauseous. My vision starts going a bit blurry, and I have to sit down for awhile or else I will pass out. I know it's not pregnancy because this has been happening since I was about 13 year old on and off, but here lately, it's gotten worse.

I start off okay for about the first 10 or 15 minutes I'm in the shower and then the symptoms start taking over. I'll have to sit down for awhile and only be able to stand up for about a minute before I will have to sit down again.

I can't take a bath as I am living in student accomodation without any baths.

I've tried looking for answers on-line to this, but haven't found any. I'm just wondering what this could be.

Thank you!

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replied January 31st, 2007
General Q&A Answer A2252
Given the symptoms you report (“I become faint, light -headed and sometimes nauseous; vision starts going a bit blurry every time I take a shower”) you could be experiencing arterial hypotension due to the warm water. Warm water can cause peripheral vascular dilatation that leads to hypotension. Warm water and an erect body position combined can cause arterial hypotension. You may visit your primary health provider for a physical examination and perhaps additional diagnostic procedures (ECG, for example).
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