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How do I know if a person with photosensitive epilepsy needs immediate medical attention?

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Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures. People with photosensitive epilepsy can have seizures and pass out for several minutes. You can’t stop a seizure once it has started.

Call 911 if:

Try to keep track of how long the seizure lasts and what symptoms occur so you can tell a doctor or emergency personnel.

  • You know the person is pregnant or has diabetes.
  • The person is in a pool or water.
  • The seizure goes on for more than 5 minutes.
  • The person doesn't regain consciousness after the seizure stops, or they stop breathing.
  • The seizure injures the person.

From: Photosensitive Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 11/11/2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research."

British Epilepsy Association: "Photosensitive Epilepsy," "Generalized Seizures," "Some Possible Triggers."

Epilepsy Society: "Photosensitive Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Photosensitivity and Seizures," "Shedding Light on Photosensitivity, One of Epilepsy’s Most Complex Conditions."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research."

British Epilepsy Association: "Photosensitive Epilepsy," "Generalized Seizures," "Some Possible Triggers."

Epilepsy Society: "Photosensitive Epilepsy."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Photosensitivity and Seizures," "Shedding Light on Photosensitivity, One of Epilepsy’s Most Complex Conditions."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 11, 2018

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