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Purple Day observed to create awareness about epilepsy and bust myths and misconceptions
Purple Day, the international observance dedicated to awareness raising about epilepsy got observed by the medical fraternity, social groups, child rights groups and the creators of the day. Social media played an important role about the spread of sensitivity towards people with epilepsy.

Sharing about the observance on Facebook, TD Garg of Bathinda, messaged that the Purple Day was   the international day for people across the globe to come together raise awareness about the condition and make a difference to the lives of people affected by epilepsy.

The observance was created by Angela Cassidy Megan in 2008 and launched in 2009 to get people talking about epilepsy to dispel myths, misconceptions as campaign. A good number of campaigners and empathisers wear purple on this day. Some establishment are lighted purple on this day.

Some do's when a person who gets a seizer are: protect the person from injury by removing harmful objects from nearby; cushion person's head; aid breathing by gently placing them in the recovery position or sideways. For this, loosen the collar so that the person can breathe freely and take steps to maintain a clear airway, I had written earlier on Merinews.

Another help that should be offered is that once the seizure has finished, call for an ambulance; stay with the person until recovery is complete and keep calmly reassuring the person. Also, don't put anything in the person's mouth; neither shake the person nor shout and don't give the person anything to eat or drink until fully recovered.

It is also being reported the epilepsy is on the increase among kids due to overuse technology and digital devices which has been termed as photo-sensitive epilepsy.  Photo-sensitive epilepsy can be triggered by excessive watching on TV, addiction of smart phones and use of a laptop for long hours.

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