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Prevention

The cause of most cases of epilepsy remains unknown. Therefore, there is no way to prevent seizures.

To help prevent epilepsy caused by head injury, you can:

  • Wear seat belts while driving.

  • Equip your car with air bags.

  • Wear an approved helmet while skating, riding a motorcycle or bicycling.

  • Use protective headgear for sports.

Anyone with an active seizure disorder should take precautions. These will minimize the risk of injury if a seizure should occur. For this reason, people with epilepsy are advised not to operate a motor vehicle for at least six months after the most recent seizure. The same applies to operating other dangerous machinery.

People with epilepsy should consider wearing some sort of medical identification that describes their condition. This will provide important information to emergency medical personnel.

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