Epilepsy is a common condition of the brain in which a person tends to have recurrent unprovoked seizures. About 70% of people with epilepsy gain control of the seizures with medication. People who continue to have seizures are more vulnerable to the potential risks associated with seizures, especially when seizures occur without warning and impair awareness. Epilepsy, like other long-term conditions such as asthma or diabetes, comes with certain risks. If left unchecked these can become very serious. Seizure-related risks are higher when people have poorly controlled seizures. Good seizure control is the first step in reducing seizure-related risks. Seizures can sometimes lead to injuries or falls, and they can occasionally be more serious – even contributing to, or causing, death. Different types of seizures carry different risks.
First Aid treatment to Epilepsy victims:
However, should in case you find yourself with someone having a tonic-clonic seizure (where the body stiffens, followed by general muscle jerking), try to do the following:
- Stay calm and remain with the person.
- If they have food or fluid in their mouth, roll them onto their side immediately.
- Keep them safe and protect them from injury.
- Place something soft under their head and loosen any tight clothing.
- Reassure the person until they recover.
- Time the seizure, if you can.
- Gently roll the person onto their side after the jerking stops.
- Do not put anything into their mouth or restrain or move the person, unless they are in danger.
- clear area
- call 911 if seizure last longer than 5 minutes
Some epilepsy attacks are often more serious than others and need medical attention. Some of these cases include: When the seizure lasts for 5 or more minutes or longer than what is normal for the person. Equally, when a second seizure quickly follows and the person is not responding for more than 5 minutes after the seizure ends. Also, when the person has breathing difficulties after the jerking stops and if it is the person’s first known seizure. All of these is very important and essential for every individual especially does living with or around epileptic patients.