Monday, October 18, 2010

Everyone has the potential to have seizures. Some people have them frequently. What should you do if a friend or loved one has a seizure? Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about seizures in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A seizure is the physical findings or changes in behavior that occur after an episode of abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

During a seizure you might jerk or shake. You might repeat movements like smacking your lips or grinding your teeth. After a seizure, most people feel sleepy or confused.

Most seizures are caused by an illness in the brain called epilepsy. Seizures also can be caused by a brain injury from a stroke, trauma, infection or tumor.

Most seizures only last a few minutes and stop by themselves. While you are having a seizure, the people around you should move sharp objects away and help you lie on your side.

They should not hold you down or put anything in your mouth. They should call 9-1-1 if the seizure lasts longer than a few minutes.

Your doctor may do tests to find out what is causing your seizures. You may need medicine to stop you from having more seizures.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.