Seizures - Emergencies
Do you have any of the following symptoms that require emergency treatment?
Call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
- Breathing stops for longer than 30 seconds.
After calling or other emergency
services, see the topic
Dealing With Emergencies.
- The seizure
lasts longer than 3 minutes.
- Signs of a serious illness are
present, such as:
- •Fever or
- •Severe headache with
stiff neck, confusion, or
- •Very rapid, difficult breathing.
tiny purple or red spots (petechiae) on the skin or in the
- •Sudden increase in the number of bruises and how severe they
- More than one seizure occurs within 24 hours, even in a person
who has a history of
- The person is still not
responding normally 1 hour after the seizure and is:
- •Not fully
- •Sick to his or her stomach (nauseated)
- •Unable to stand or walk.
- A seizure occurs after a sudden, severe
- A seizure occurs with symptoms of a
stroke. Symptoms of a stroke include:
- •Inability to move (paralysis) a part or all
of one side of the body (such as the face, arm, or leg) or persistent
- •Loss of vision in one or both eyes.
or altered behavior, such as unusually aggressive or combative
- •Inability to speak, difficulty speaking, or difficulty
- •Severe dizziness (vertigo) and vomiting.
- A seizure occurs after a head
- A pregnant woman has a seizure.
- A person with
diabetes has a seizure.
- A seizure occurs
after eating or breathing poison.
- A seizure occurs after using an
- A seizure occurs after
drinking a large amount of alcohol (alcohol poisoning).
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 17, 2007
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