Partial Seizures: Know What to Do
Because seizures may happen at any time, it helps to be prepared. This is true even if medicine usually keeps your seizures under control. Start by telling those you live and work with about your health condition. Make sure they know what to do if a seizure happens.
Steps for your protection
Most partial seizures last from a few seconds to a few minutes. During that time, those around you should help keep you safe. What those witnessing the seizure should do is listed below.
What to do
Seek medical attention right away if you:
Are hurt during the seizure.
Have a seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes.
Have multiple seizures in a row.
Do not fully regain consciousness after the seizure is over.
Otherwise, they should do the following:
Move any hard or sharp objects away from you.
Turn you on your side if you seem unconscious.
Talk to you afterward to relieve your confusion.
Note how long the seizure lasted. Note what you were doing before, during, and after the seizure.
What NOT to do
It is important that they do not do the following:
Prepare family, friends, and coworkers
It may seem awkward to talk to others about seizures. But telling family, friends, and coworkers about your seizures can help them react to a seizure in a way that will help—and not hurt—you. Describe to them what happens before, during, and after you have a seizure. Explain what they should and should not do.
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