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Ask the doctor: Can I keep myself from fainting when I have blood drawn?

Updated: June 01, 2008

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Can I keep myself from fainting when I have blood drawn?

Q. I want to donate blood, but I faint or come close to it nearly every time I have blood drawn at the doctor's office. Can I do anything to keep myself from fainting?

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