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Epilepsy and Safety Measures

Epilepsy and Safety Measures

At home: Should not have open fires. Have a soft, easy-to-clean carpet. Put safety glass in windows and doors. Try to use furniture with rounded corners. Avoid smoking or lighting fires when you’re by yourself. In bedrooms you should have a wide, low bed without top banks. Place night stands away from the bed. If you wander during seizures, make sure that outside doors are securely locked. In the kitchen try to limit use of electrical appliances only when someone else is in the house. Use a microwave if possible. Try not to use stove but if you will, use the back...
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For Your Safety

For Your Safety

Seizure Safety The following tips will list the important things to balance your safety with the way to live your life with epilepsy. Some people with epilepsy may not make the changes below. Use this list to make your home and surroundings as safe as possible during or following a seizure. Your family needs to be trained about your condition-epilepsy. These are the facts that everyone in your life should know: What to expect when you have a seizure How to provide seizure first aid What to do to prevent choking during seizure When to call 911 or  emergency help If there...
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Children with Epilepsy

FEBRILE SEIZURES Febrile seizures are provoked seizures which occur in the setting of increased body temperature at 102 degrees or above in children between ages of 18 months and 3 years. There is no underlying identifiable central nervous system condition such as infection or others as a cause. Incidence of febrile seizure is increased in the families of the children with febrile seizures. Children of parents with history of febrile seizures have increased risk of febrile seizures. Febrile seizures usually occur as the body temperature rises rapidly. Early detection of...
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Elderly with Epilepsy

Incidence of epilepsy makes two peaks throughout lifespan, one peak is during first few years of life and second peak is during elderly years. Someone older than age 85 years old has significantly higher risk of having seizures than someone younger. The increased risk may be higher than 3 fold increase. As the population gets older, new onset epilepsy in elderly becomes an important problem. The Most Common Causes of Epilepsy in Elderly Stroke Brain tumors Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease Head trauma The epilepsy syndrome in elderly is usually...
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What Is The Risk Of Having A Second Seizure?

What Is The Risk Of Having A Second Seiz...

If your first seizure occurred without any provoking factor, your recurrence (having another seizure) risk depends on various factors such as findings in your work up, brain imaging, EEG, neurological exam, family history, childhood history, developmental history, history of learning disability in the past, etc. If all of factors mentioned above is negative that means you have a low risk for recurrence. If your EEG or your imaging is abnormal or if you have had two unprovoked seizures with all other factors above were normal puts you at medium risk for recurrence group. If...
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