Epilepsy - Prevention

Symptomatic epilepsy can be prevented if the cause of the disorder can be identified and eliminated. There is no way to prevent idiopathic epilepsy.

The risks posed by epileptic attacks, however, can be reduced. For example, people with the condition should try to get enough sleep and exercise, and eat properly. They should avoid hyperventilating (breathing rapidly and deeply), which can bring on an attack. Individuals should make sure that they take their medications regularly, according to the prescribed pattern. If they experience an aura, they should find a safe place to lie down until the attack passes.

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