Epilepsy, popularly known as epilepsy, causes sudden and uncontrolled discharge of neurons in the brain. Epilepsy, which is seen at a high rate of 0.5 to 1 percent in our country, can affect people of all ages and genders. Epilepsy is most commonly seen under 64 age and above 64 age. Neurologist Dr. Selvi Okundu gave information about epilepsy. Noting that there are many types of epileptic seizures such as “dipping, blinking, jumping, confusion and mood changes”, Dr. It was read, he said that it is absolutely necessary to intervene in the person who has a seizure, but smelling strong smells such as onions-cologne does not help the patient.
CAUSES OF EPILEPSY ARE VARIOUS
Informing that epilepsy is roughly divided into two as facsimile and generalized seizures, Dr. It was read “Generalized seizures are seizures that are known among the people as spasms-fluttering, urinary incontinence, and foaming. However, apart from these, seizures in the form of diving, jumping, startle, bad smell, confusion, déjà vu, fear, anxiety, licking-swallowing-smacking can be seen. Dr. He listed the factors that can lead to the disease as follows: “The causes of epilepsy are very diverse. Other neurological diseases such as stroke, brain tumors, excessive alcohol use, drug abuse, traumatic brain injury, brain infections, some genetic diseases and dementia.”
EPILEPSY IS NOT HERITIZED
Emphasizing that epilepsy is not a hereditary disease, that is, it will not be passed from parents to children, Dr. It was read, however, that epilepsy tends to develop more in some families, he said. Dr. Okundu said, “Depending on age and family history, people with head trauma, dementia, childhood seizures, stroke and other rotational diseases and brain infections are in the risk group.” Mentioning that epileptic seizures are also diverse and not noticed from the outside, Dr. It was read, he explained that he can have a seizure just by diving, blinking, or emotional changes such as fear and anger.
MUST BE INTERVENTION DURING THE SERVICE
Dr. It was read, he emphasized that “absolutely” should be intervened while the patient is having a seizure, and said: “Under normal conditions, the seizure ends on its own within 1-2 minutes. If it does not end, health teams should be informed. If there is a sharp object that may harm the patient while the patient is having a seizure, it should be removed. Clothes such as ties and scarves that are squeezing the patient’s throat should be loosened. After the person regains consciousness, there may be temporary loss of consciousness and fatigue. Therefore, the patient should be rested for a while.”
IT IS WRONG TO SMELL ON ONION OR COLOGNE
Noting that making the fainted patient smell onion or cologne has no effect on the patient’s recovery or treatment, Dr. It was read, he stated that it is inconvenient to hold and press the arm and leg of the person who has a seizure, and that trying to open his mouth while the patient is contracting may cause negativities such as jaw dislocation, breaking the teeth, breaking the fingers of the person trying to open it, bleeding.
“SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM FOODS AND ENVIRONMENTS THAT CAN TRIGGER THE SEIZURE”
Explaining the relationship between epilepsy and nutrition, Dr. He underlined that seizures can be triggered by excessive consumption of coffee, tea and cola. Dr. It read, “The patient needs to organize his life according to the requirements of epilepsy. It is necessary to stay away from foods and environments that may trigger the seizure. This requires the patient to stay away from situations such as insomnia and long hunger. Excessive consumption of stimulants such as tea, coffee and cola can trigger seizures.”
EPILEPSY DOESN’T PREVENT BEING A PARENT
Dr. It was read, he reminded that epilepsy does not prevent him from being a parent and said, “An expectant mother should definitely consult with a neurologist before becoming pregnant, and seizure control and appropriate antiseptic drug treatment should be done.”