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Causes and Symptoms of Epilepsy
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is one of the oldest conditions affecting the human race. It is a common disorder affecting 1 percent of the population. It is a neurological condition where there is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. This affects how a person feels or reacts in a short time. It can happen to any one at any time and is mostly caused due to dehydration or a high temperature.
Warning signs include complaints of numbness or a smell. Different people are affected differently. Some suffer from involuntary motions like jerking, unusual feelings or sensations or even loose consciousness. Seizures last only a few seconds however it drains the person out of all energy leaving him weak, tired and confused as he is not aware of what happened.
Factors such as diet, consumption of alcohol, certain medication, fever, stress or flashing lights tend to trigger the seizures. A brain injury or brain tumors, lack of oxygen to the brain at child birth and infections like meningitis cause seizures.
People with epilepsy lead normal lives. Their occupations range from athletes to authors. If you suffer from epilepsy you need to follow your diet plan religiously, get plenty of sleep, and exercise to reduce stress and stay in shape.
What to do when your loved one has a seizure?
Firstly do not panic, stay calm and help the person out. Lay him flat on the ground on a soft surface. Take off their glasses; loosen their belts and ties and clothing. Take away any hard or sharp objects from the vicinity in order to avoid injury. Stay with the person till the seizure is over. Talk calmly to the person and reassure him that he is fine. If the person gets injured during the seizure then you must contact a doctor immediately. Never place objects in the person’s mouth during the attack as it may suffocate him.