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If you see someone who is having a seizure, stay calm. Although seizures seem to last a long time, they usually last less than 3 minutes.
A seizure can be scary to watch, especially if you've never seen one before. A seizure temporarily interferes with muscle control, movement, speech, vision, or awareness. It may cause a person's entire body to shake for a few seconds to a few minutes, and they may lose consciousness.
Seizures can be mild to severe, and they affect people differently. Even though you may feel helpless around someone having a seizure and find it difficult to watch, there are many things you can do to help.
Time the seizure, if you can. If the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or the person seizing is pregnant (no matter how long the seizure lasts), call 911 or other emergency services immediately.
This can cause injury, such as a dislocated shoulder.
Most people will be sleepy or confused after a seizure.
You may be able to provide valuable feedback to the doctor treating the person having the seizure. Try to remember:
Seizures do not always require urgent care. But call 911 or other emergency services right away if:
Current as of:
December 13, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope MD - PediatricsMartin J. Gabica MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineSteven C. Schachter MD - Neurology
Current as of: December 13, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Steven C. Schachter MD - Neurology
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