Understanding Epilepsy: What Is It and How to Help During a Seizure

Did you know that epilepsy is a “spectrum condition” that causes seizures? And that the type of seizures caused by epilepsy differ from person to person? 

Today marks Epilepsy Awareness Day, also known as Purple Day. The purpose of the day is to spread awareness about epilepsy to create better understanding about the condition.We at Trialbee Health are proud to join this mission!  

What is epilepsy? 

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes different types of seizures. These seizures happen when powerful electrical currents disturb the regular electrical currents that powers our brains’ nerve cells.  

When these powerful disruptive currents occur, they can cause different types of seizures, such as: 

– Recurring moments of staring into space 

– Spasming muscles 

– Losing control over one’s movements 

– Feeling strange sensations  

Every person who lives with epilepsy experience it differently.  

What to do if someone has a seizure 

If you see someone having a seizure, follow these 6 steps: 

  • Stay calm 
  • Time the seizure 
  • Make sure that there are no objects in the vicinity that could cause harm 
  • Don’t put anything in the person’s mouth, and make sure they can breathe and move freely  
  • Keep them safe and comfortable by moving them to the side and pillow their head with something soft 
  • Call and ambulance if the seizure continues for longer than 5 minutes 

Read more 

Epilepsy Foundation

Purple Day

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