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When should I get medical attention about seizures?

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Seizures need emergency care unless you know the person has a history of seizures and can be treated for a brief seizure at home. Someone with a history of seizures who is having their typical seizure does not need emergency response. If it is a different type of seizure, or lasts longer than 5 minutes, call 911. 

From: Seizures Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "First Aid for Seizures."

Merck Manuals: "Seizure Disorders."

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

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Growing Up With Epilepsy."

Information on Seizures from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on February 16, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "First Aid for Seizures."

Merck Manuals: "Seizure Disorders."

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

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Growing Up With Epilepsy."

Information on Seizures from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on February 16, 2020

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