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Topic of the Month: 
Epilepsy

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month! Epilepsy is a neurological disorder where brain activity becomes disrupted, causing seizures, periods of unusual behavior, sensations, or sometimes loss of consciousness. One in twenty-six people in the United States will develop a seizure disorder, but nearly ten percent of people will have one unprovoked seizure. One unprovoked seizure does not mean that person has epilepsy, as at least two unprovoked seizures are required for an epilepsy diagnosis. Epilepsy can be developed at any age, so it is important to know some information about the disorder: 

Symptoms of Epilepsy:

  • A staring spell
  • Period of confusion
  • Psychic symptoms
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Twitching of arms and legs

If someone is seizing:

  • They cannot swallow their tongue. It is physically impossible to do!
  • Do not force anything into their mouth while they are seizing.
    • ​This could damage their teeth or cause them to choke. 
  • ​Do not restrain someone having a seizure. Rather, turn them to their side, hold their head, and wait with them until the seizure is over. 
  • Because there are many typs of seizures, not all seizures look the same. 

Treatment options for Epilepsy:

  • Consulting a doctor to find the appropriate medication to manage your seizures. 
  • Surgery
  • Dietary treatments
  • Clinical trials

References:

Basic Facts about Epilepsy 
https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/about-epilepsy-basics/facts-about-seizures-and-epilepsy

Epilepsy Treatments
https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy

Fast Facts
https://www.cdc.gov/epilepsy/basics/fast-facts.htm

 

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