International Epilepsy Day, celebrated each year on the 2nd Monday of February, is an opportunity to raise awareness of epilepsy, what it is, and how it can be treated.
Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that affects the brain and causes seizures, a sudden rush of abnormal electrical activity to the brain. Anyone, regardless of their age, sex, or race, can develop epilepsy.
Although there is no cure for epilepsy, Cleveland Clinic states that around 70% of people who have been diagnosed with epilepsy can become seizure-free within a couple of years.
Seizures are often triggered by:
First Aid for Seizures
An epileptic seizure can be quite scary to witness. Here are a few things you can do should someone close to you have a mild seizure.
Call an ambulance if:
DO NOT do any of the following: