What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition of the nervous system and more than 180,000 people are affected with epilepsy every year.
Is Epilepsy threatening? What happens if the person has an Epileptic Seizure?
Epilepsy aren't really threatening to human but when someone is having an epileptic seizure, it is threatening and scary. The person might loose consciousness or have no idea what's going on. Sometimes, the person might even make involuntary motions, meaning movements that the person has no control over, for example: jerking or thrashing of the body. Although having seizures usually means having epilepsy, it might not be epilepsy because seizures can be triggered in anyone under certain conditions, like: serious dehydration or high fever. However, if a person experiences multiple seizures for no reason, it is obvious that the person has epilepsy. Epilepsy is a condition of the nervous system and more than 180,000 people are affected with epilepsy every year.
What causes Epilepsy?
Usually, doctors can't specifically tell someone what causes epilepsy in a particular individual, but scientists do know that some of these things below can more likely to cause epilepsy for a person:
  • lack of oxygen during an infant's childbirth
  • Brain Injury from car crash or accident
  • Poisoning
  • Brain Tumors or Strokes
Is Epilepsy contagious? Can it be inherited?
Epilepsy is not contagious and Epilepsy can not be passed down through families in the same way that AIDS do. However, a person who has a close relative with epilepsy do have a slightly higher risk of having epilepsy than somebody with no family history of seizures.
How do doctors treat Epilepsy?
Doctors will most likely do some tests first, like the Electroencephalogram or the EGG test. These tests are to measure the electrical activity in the person’s brain. Scans of brain might also be done. Fortunately, all of these tests above are painless. If doctors determine that you do have epilepsy, then they will either give you medicine or implant a device called a vagus nerve stimulator. This device sends signals through the nerves in the neck to control seizures.
Although Epilepsies might sound frightening, but managing it can be simple. If you have epilepsy, follow your treatment plan, get plenty of sleep and eat healthily and you will manage it just fine. Finally, patients with epilepsy, exercise to reduce stress and stay in shape!