Epilepsy is a disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures. It may occur as a result of a genetic disorder or an acquired brain injury, such as a trauma or stroke.
Causes of Epilepsy:
• Low oxygen during birth.
• Head injuries that occur during birth or from accidents during youth or adulthood.
• Brain tumors.
• Genetic conditions that result in brain injury, such as tuberous sclerosis.
• Infections such as meningitis or encephalitis.
• Stroke or any other type of damage to the brain.
It can not be cured, but it can be managed.
EPILEPSY IS NOT CONTAGIOUS!
The Yoruba Movie Industry needs to do better! In every movie, they portray it as one that is transferrable. THIS IS WRONG!
When you find someone with epilepsy, here’s what you should do;
• Keep other people out of the way.
This is not to prevent others from catching it, rather it is to allow the victim get enough air.
• Clear hard or sharp objects away from the victim.
Yes! When the seizure starts, the victims have no control over their movements neither are they aware of their immediate environment. It is Important to clear harmful objects away from the person.
• Don’t try to hold victim down or stop the movements.
Seizures are UNCONTROLLABLE! You can’t stop it. You can’t reduce it. Just let it run its course. However, you can help the victims break their fall.
• Place the victim on his/her side, to help keep victim’s airway clear.
• Look at your watch at the start of the seizure, to time its length.
This act is mostly done when the victim is undergoing treatment. With proper medication, the seizure incidents will not be occur frequently neither will the seizures take too long before the victims feel better.
• Don’t put anything in victim’s mouth.
Please! Don’t put anything in victim’s mouth. Not a spoon, not your finger, nothing! You can puncture victim’s gum, ruin their teeth or even break their jaw. Just roll them to their side till they feel better.
Please do not run away from someone with epilepsy. You can touch them. I think our movie industry needs to do better on this issue.
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