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What should I do to a person with photosensitive epilepsy who is having a seizure?

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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. If someone has a seizure, you should:

  • Roll the person onto their side to prevent choking.
  • Cushion the head.
  • Loosen any tight clothing around the neck.
  • Keep the airway open. Grip the jaw gently and tilt the head back, if needed.
  • Remove any objects that they may hit during the seizure.
  • Don't restrict the person's movement unless it poses danger.
  • Don't put anything into the person's mouth, including medicine or liquid. Doing so could cause choking.
  • Stay with the person until the seizure has passed or emergency personnel have arrived.

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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