One day, 9-year-old girl Cassidy Megan, suffering from epilepsy, decided to show other people that she was no different from them. In his pretty childhood age, the child had already experienced some neglect on the part of adults and peers who perceived her illness not quite adequately, regarding him as something of a mild form of insanity. To dispel the myths about the disease, Cassidy invented the Purple Day in 2008.
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Already in 2009, 100,000 students, about 100 public associations and over 100 well-known politicians joined the Violet Day, and the television tower in Toronto turned purple for one evening.
Since March 26, information about the disease and first aid, which can be provided to sick people, is spread around the world.
Why does it occur? Epilepsy is considered one of the most common chronic neurological diseases in humans. One of the sections of the cerebral cortex begins to work too actively. It suppresses and subjugates other neurons. As a result, all the cells of the cortex are covered by synchronous excitation.
Symptoms: convulsions, loss of consciousness, falling. The cause of such a hyperactive area can be a head injury, stroke, meningitis, and some diseases.
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Treatment of epilepsy. According to the WHO, up to 1% of the world's population suffers from epilepsy, which is 50 million people. But only 25% of them receive adequate drug treatment. However, modern medicines allow in 70% of cases to completely relieve a person from attacks. Such drugs are effective and low toxic, do not affect the psyche and mood.
Epilepsy is one of the few chronic diseases in which the achievement of stable remission is possible: people study, work, create families and give birth to healthy children, lead a normal full-fledged life.
There is evidence that many famous people suffered from epilepsy. Among them are Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, Nostradamus, Dante Alighieri, Ivan the Terrible, Napoleon Bonaparte, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alfred Nobel and Vincent van Gogh.
On your page and. about. Health Minister Uliana Suprun denied the most common myths about the disease.
1. During a seizure, a person may have a tongue.
No, because it is physically impossible.
2. When a person has a seizure, you immediately need to put something in his mouth.
Hard objects can injure, damage teeth and gums, and sometimes there is even a risk of breaking the jaw. The right first aid is two simple actions: just turn the person on its side and put something soft under your head to avoid injury.
3. When a person has an attack, you need to stop it as soon as possible.
Never do it! The attack must pass by itself.
4. Epilepsy is a contagious disease.
No, you cannot get epilepsy from another person.
5. Attacks of epilepsy occur only in children.
Attacks occur in people over the age of 65 almost as often as in children under the age of 10 years. In older people, seizures often develop due to other health problems, such as stroke or cardiovascular disease.
6. People suffering from epilepsy are not working.
People who suffer from epileptic seizures have the same abilities and intellectual abilities as others. Some of these people have a more severe illness, so they cannot work at the same level as others, while others are successful people who build great careers.
7. People suffering from epilepsy should not hold positions that require a high level of responsibility and resistance to stress.
Many people live with epilepsy and work in different areas: business, government, art, and the like. We do not always know about their illness, because, even today, the majority of those who are sick are embarrassed to talk about it or are afraid that the environment will treat them differently.
8. You can not predict the actions of a person who has had an attack.
As a rule, epilepsy attacks occur in a characteristic form. The behavior of a person during an attack may not be appropriate, given the time and place, but this person is unlikely to harm someone.
9. The attack of epilepsy is always an emergency and you need to immediately call 103.
In fact, in most cases epileptic seizures are not an emergency, and emergency medical care is not always necessary.
10. Call 103 is necessary only in the following situations:
– attack lasts five minutes or longer;
– attacks are repeated so often that in the intervals between them a person does not regain consciousness (as opposed to a series of seizures);
– when a person has a first attack;
– when a person is injured during an attack (for example, due to a fall);
– an attack occurs when a person is in the water;
– A person is pregnant or has diabetes.
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