The person stays awake and aware during the seizure. The seizure
may be only a strange smell or taste, sound or visual disturbance, or feeling
of confusion, anxiety, or fear—some people describe these sensations as an
aura. The person's arms, face, or hands may briefly
stiffen, tingle, flex, or jerk, but this does not always occur. Eyes may blink
rapidly during the seizure. The person may cry out or may not be able to
People with photosensitive epilepsy have seizures that are triggered by:
Bold, contrasting visual patterns (such as stripes or checks)
Overexposure to video games
Anti-epileptic medicines are available to reduce the risk of a seizure. But people with photosensitive epilepsy should take steps to minimize their exposure to seizure triggers.
Simple partial seizures affect only those muscles or body parts
controlled by the specific area of the brain where the seizure begins. After
the seizure, the person may feel weak or numb in that area of his or her body
(often one side of the face, one hand, or one arm).
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March 12, 2014
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