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World celebrates Purple Day today for epilepsy campaign
Purple Day, the international observance to raise awareness of epilepsy or seizures, is being celebrated today. The main purpose of the observance is to get people talking about the facts about epilepsy and dispel the common myths or misconceptions associated with it.

"With today's medication, epilepsy is largely a solved problem. Epilepsy is a chronic medical problem that for many people can be successfully treated. Unfortunately, treatment doesn't work for everyone and there's a critical need for more research," informs the Epilepsy Foundation.

Initiated by Cassidy Megan of Canada in 2008, the event of Purple Day was motivated by her own struggles with epilepsy. Later, the Epilepsy Association of Nova Scotia supported the Purple Day for Epilepsy campaign as an international observance to be held on March 26 each year to educate the public about epilepsy.

According to India epilepsy center, concern about safety of children with epilepsy may lead to them being stopped from their daily activities. Such restrictions are often unnecessary and should be individualized for each child. Children whose seizures are controlled can participate in most normal activities including sports, athletics, cycling etc.

According to Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County, epilepsy can occur as a single condition, or may accompany other conditions affecting the brain, such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, Alzheimer's, and traumatic brain injury.

Epilepsy is not contagious and no one can catch epilepsy from another person. Moreover, in most cases, epilepsy isn't a barrier to physical achievement. Seizures commonly take a characteristic form and the individual will do much the same thing during each episode. His behavior may be inappropriate for the time and place, but it is unlikely to cause harm to anyone.

Epilepsy Foundation has stated the following common myths and facts about epilepsy for the public as follows.

Myth: You can swallow your tongue during a seizure.

Fact: It's physically impossible to swallow your tongue.

Myth: You should force something into the mouth of someone having a seizure.

Fact: Absolutely not! That's a good way to chip teeth, puncture gums, or even break someone's jaw. The correct first aid is simple. Just gently roll the person on one side and put something soft under his head to protect him from getting injured.

Myth: You should restrain someone having a seizure.

Fact: Never use restraint! The seizure will run its course and you cannot stop it.

Myth: Only kids get epilepsy.

Fact: Epilepsy happens to people over age 65 almost as often as it does to children aged ten and under. Seizures in the elderly are often the after effect of other health problems like stroke and heart disease.


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