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17th November- National Epilepsy Day 2021

National Epilepsy Day 2021- 17 November is noted as National Epilepsy Day in India to create and spread awareness regarding the aforementioned topic. What is epilepsy? What are its symptoms? What is the significance of National Epilepsy Day? Read the article below to know more:

About Epilepsy

Disturbances in the nerve cell activities trigger epilepsy causing ‘fits’ or temporary loss of consciousness in the host body. These sensations can also lead to abnormal behavior which can often branch to a seizure. Causes often being unknown, they may be the seed from a brain injury or a family tendency.

Any person that has experienced at least two seizures that did not occur under the influence of alcohol or due to change of any medication can be diagnosed with epilepsy. This disorder is severe but non-communicable. Symptoms might occur in any part of the body but the events in electrical impulses often originate from the brain.

History of Epilepsy Foundation in India

 Dr. Nirmal Surya established The Epilepsy Foundation of India in Mumbai, Maharashtra in the year 2009. It is a non-profitable charitable organization that not only helps the people facing the issue but also tries to break the stereotypes that come along with it.

Significance of the National Epilepsy Day

This day is observed to break the barriers around the issue and make the general public aware of it as epilepsy accounts for almost 0.5% of the global burden of disease and is one of the most common conditions affecting the brain.

Information about Epilepsy

Anyone can develop epilepsy without any regard to their age, gender, etc. So it’s important to know how it occurs and how to deal with it.

Symptoms-

> Stiffness in muscles.

> Lack of awareness of one’s surroundings

> Unconsciousness

> Unmanageable jerking movements of arms or legs

How to deal with epilepsy-

> Remain calm and stay within a close range of the person.

>Avoid putting any food or fluid into their mouth until the jerking stops.

>Place something soft and comfortable under their head.

>Loosen the tight clothing (if any).

>Time the duration of the seizure.

>Make sure there are no sharp or flammable substances near them.

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