What you should know about Epilepsy
Now, epilepsy (convulsion) occurs when the brain loses its ability to regulate the discharge of these electrical signals by its cells (neurons). When this happens, these neurons fire the electrical signals in a crazy way. This crazy firing of electrical signals now manifests as the severe shaking movement (jerking) of a part or the whole of the body in people who have epilepsy (convulsion).
The cause of epilepsy is yet unknown in a significant number of cases. For other cases of epilepsy, different conditions have been found to be the cause. They include
-severe head injury from road traffic accidents
-infections involving the brain such as meningitis
-inherited (genetic) conditions
-brain abnormalities that occur during the development of the baby in the womb
Epilepsy affects people of any age, from newborn babies through children and young people to adults and old people. It can also occur in pregnant women (called eclampsia).
It is also important to know that epilepsy cannot be transmitted to another person by any form of contact with somebody who has it contrary to what many people believe.
Medical treatment of epilepsy requires the affected person to be taken to a medical doctor called a neurologist; sometimes, the treatment may require surgery involving medical doctors called neurosurgeons. In addition, people with epilepsy should avoid things like alcohol, and should always try to get enough sleep. Also, they should avoid driving, climbing heights, being around fire, and other activities that will put them in danger if they start having convulsion.
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