My brother, who is 12 years old was In the shower one day (It was on very hot and was VERY steamy) After a few minutes he said he was having trouble breathing, so he opening the door and took a deep breath and everything was ok... When he was about to get out he was shouting "Quickly, get the towel!" And at the time I was the only one in the house, so I did. He got out the shower and then started moving around, as if he was dizzy. His eyes were wide open staring at me, but they were blank, He told me that his vision was fading to black and that he could not see, but I thought he was bluffing, however soon I realized that he wasn't and he told me that he had no vision what so ever. He said it was completely black and then he said his hearing was fading too. I could see him losing his balance, so I helped him, but he said he didn't feel anything. Eventually I sat him down and he said he could just see the outline of my face started to come back and after a while his eyesight and hearing came back to normal again.
However that is not the end of it. The day after I went to the gym and then went to the showers and experienced the same problem (Not being able to see, hear, feel etc...) and I got really worried. Is it some kind of virus, what is happening to us?
P.S: It happens very slightly in the mornings too when we wake up.
In your brothers case, it sounds as if he may have been close to fainting, which is also described as "blacking out". It sounds as if he was able to recovery before actually loosing consciousness by getting some fresh air.
Being in very hot water can be the trigger, and should be avoided if there is a chance of fainting. While fainting is not harmful in itself, the falls that can result from it can be...especially in the shower.
Our brains can shut down to "reboot" if you will, under circumstances such as not getting enough oxygen to the brain.
Why this is happening to both of you, I do not know. I would not expect a virus to cause these symptoms. This happening more than once would be suspicious, especially if you avoid the very hot water.
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Hi, from what I remember our blood pressure is lowest in the am. I would check that daily for a while you can get a good machine at the drug store just make sure it's the type you can plug in too. He made need a child's cuff. It will tell what the normal readings are in the instructions.
Keep that temp down in the shower and is there someone who can sit with him while he's in there for a bit? Or maybe take baths?