A vasovagal reaction (also called vasovagal syncope) is sudden dizziness or fainting that can be triggered by pain, fright, or trauma. You may sweat, feel light-headed, nauseated, or tingly, and you may pass out if the reaction continues.
A vasovagal reaction can happen without serious cause. But vasovagal reactions may be caused by heart problems, epilepsy, or other conditions that require treatment.
A vasovagal reaction can usually be relieved by lying down with your legs elevated. But treatment is necessary if a medical condition is causing the vasovagal reaction.
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Jerome B. Simon, MD, FRCPC, FACP - Gastroenterology