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What is it?
Emotional fright can be caused by sudden bad news, panic or minor injuries, and clinical shock, a dangerous condition which can even kill. Clinical shock usually has a physical rather than a psychological cause, and results when insufficient blood is circualting to vital organs, particularly the brain and kidneys. Extreme pain or distress, severe vomiting or diarrhoea, near drowning, a blood infection and severe allergy can also cause clinical shock. Warning The use of alternative remedies applies only to cases of emotional fright not involving clinical shock.
Extreme pain,distress, severe vomiting,diarrhoea, near drowning, a blood infection and severe allergy.
People may quickly recover from emotional fright. Comfort and attention are the best remedies. However, it is important to remember that extreme distress can lead to clinical shock. In the event of clinical shock, seek medical assistance immediately. Lie the patient down so that the head is below the level of the heart, to ensure that sufficient blood flows to the patient’s brain to prevent unconsciousness. Make sure that his airways is clear and that he is breathing. If he is unconscious, place him on his stomach with his face on one side in the recovery position. A doctor or paramedic can help the patient by giving oxygen, fluids through an intravenous drip and, in cases of allergic shock, possibly an injection of a stimulant drug such as adrenaline.