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Hemophilia is a very rare disorder, where a lack proteins called ‘clotting factors’, prevents excessive bleeding in those afflicted. Even minor cuts and bruises have the potential for heavy blood loss. This genetic disorder is passed down through a family's genes and occurs almost exclusively in men.
The most disconcerting problem for people with hemophilia is internal bleeding, especially bleeding into joints like the knees, elbows, and ankles. When bleeding happens inside the joint, it becomes very swollen and painful. Repeated bleeding into a joint can lead to severe arthritis. Internal bleeding in vital areas such as the brain, throat, and abdomen can be life-threatening.
A person with mild hemophilia may only experience problems with bleeding during surgery, major dental work, or injury. A person with moderate hemophilia will have those problems plus bleeding problems with more minor injuries such as a hard bump to the knee. A person with severe hemophilia can have what are called spontaneous bleeds, where bleeding starts inside the body for no known reason. Continue reading
Seizures are disorganized, electrical discharges of the brain and can have multiple causes. Anyone who has watched another person suffer through a seizure can explain the flurry of emotions that flood onlookers. Despite most people knowing what a seizure looks like, few know how to respond. Whether a friend, coworker, family member, or stranger—knowing a little seizure first aid may greatly help someone having a seizure, and may even save a life. A seizure can be a scary experience for everyone, however, knowing what to do can help the seizure victim avoid injuring themselves. Continue reading
Even though epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disorder, affecting an estimated 1 in 26 people at some point in their lifetime, there’s still a great deal about seizures that many people don’t know. One of the first questions many people have is: what are triggers for seizures? While for more than half the people with epilepsy have no identifiable causes of the condition, for the other half the condition can be traced to a variety of factors.
Identifying and understanding the triggers, symptoms, risk factors and preventative measures for seizures are vitally important for helping to minimize their occurrence and potential complications. Some people find that seizures are more likely to occur in certain situations and keeping track of those factors that may precipitate a seizure can help you recognize when a seizure might be coming and what triggers you should try to avoid. Common triggers for seizures can include: Continue reading
With so many medical advances, people are more fully aware of the problems that they have and how to prevent them. For instance, drugs and medications have come a long way in just the last ten years. However, not everyone can handle the drugs the same way, and people may have allergies to commonly used drugs. People also have diagnoses about disorders they have as well that are not always familiar to the general public. No matter what the medical condition is, it is important to have a way to tell emergency responders if you are rendered unconscious or unable to communicate.
Medical jewelry is the very best solution for all of these problems. These come in all kinds of designs and with custom inscriptions engraved onto them so that you can list exactly what is wrong. Many even allow more than one problem to be listed so that you can just use one piece of jewelry. Wearing these can be very important and save a life. If you are wondering how important these really can be, here are some examples of what would require the use of a piece of medical jewelry.
• Epilepsy: Seizures can hit at any time, and communicating with someone during one is next to impossible. Having some sort of trinket on the person that says they have epilepsy can be extremely helpful to anyone who is trying to help. Many times people are on medications already and doctors or anyone treating the person needs to know what medication that is so they know how to best treat them and how best to not treat them. Depending on the state, people with epilepsy can drive under certain requirements. If an accident occurs from a seizure, this can really help out emergency responders.
• Allergies: Food allergies are becoming increasingly common with an estimated 15 million Americans living with them. It is also estimated that 1 in every 13 children has these allergies as well. More allergies include insects, medications, and even latex. Children can rarely tell people about their allergies when they are young. Wearing a piece of jewelry for everyone to see can help save their life because people will know that they cannot eat certain items when you are not around. Some places you may not be are school, with a babysitter, or even at a birthday party. Not only can they serve as a reminder, but it can alert medical personnel that an allergy attack may be occurring if something is wrong. One woman only had her kids wear them when they were away from her, but after a minor car accident she was filling the emergency responders in on her kids’ allergies. The worker inquired about medical bracelets or jewelry of some type and said if she had been unconscious, they would have no idea. Have children always wear their jewelry to help them stay safe.
• Diabetes: Approximately 25.8 million of the adults and children living in the United States have diabetes. When blood sugar gets too low, the person can become unresponsive, have a seizure, or even go into a coma in extreme cases. These all render the person unable to explain what is happening to them, even if they knew before suffering from the symptoms. If blood sugar gets too high the person can have blurry vision, become confused, or even feel extremely tired or weak. Treatment for either of these scenarios requires quick attention and some action, but these symptoms alone are not obviously diabetes to most people. Having a way to communicate can help before something more severe happens.
Ways to Help
In order to have a positive experience with this type of medical jewelry, there are a few suggestions most people have. Find some jewelry that is stylish to the person who will be wearing it. If the person thinks it is ugly, makes them feel different, or just plain old do not like it, they are not going to wear it. This is especially true or children and teens. Getting more than one is also a good idea so they have something to pick that they like or matches their outfit each day.
Another common suggestion is to just make putting it on part of the morning routine. Most parents or individuals have a set routine of things they check for each day. Do they have their lunch? The car keys? Backpacks or purse? Work to make sure that putting on a piece of medical jewelry becomes natural and just part of getting ready each day. This will ensure more success in wearing it all the time so it is there when you need it.
At N-Style ID, many of the medical ID and medical alert jewelry we make is created for men, women and children with Epilepsy or other seizure disorders. As November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, we thought we’d wrap-up November with an overview of what you should know and how to react if a loved one or a stranger has a seizure in your presence.
Many of us have never had to provide help and assistance for someone having a seizure. Because of this there are a few misconceptions about providing the correct care for seizures. Aside from some basic steps to follow, most of the time, a person having a seizure requires no assistance other than a caring and calming presence. If you have never seen someone having a seizure, it can be a somewhat scary experience. Just remember to stay calm at all times. Seizures will end within a couple of minutes. Seizures can be very confusing to those experiencing them and your reassuring presence is extremely comforting while the person is in “recovery mode” immediately following a seizure.
Now that you know the importance of staying calm and focused in the presence of someone having a seizure, he’s a list of the top do’s and dont’s for providing care in the event of a seizure:
WHAT TO DO:
- Stay calm!
- Look for medical alert jewelry to confirm that the person has a Epilepsy or a seizure disorder
- Create the safest surrounding environment possible for the person seizing
- Remove sharp objects from around the person to prevent injury
- If possible, try to cushion their head with your hands, a pillow or any soft object to help prevent head injuries
- Try to loosen clothing around their neck
- Try to pay attention to the length of the seizure
- When the seizure is over, be sure to slowly move the person onto their left side. This is VERY important to help open their airway as any swelling of the tongue from the seizure or post-seizure vomiting could obstruct their breathing
- Recovery from the seizure will take a few minutes, but confusion and fatigue is sure to follow. Remain with that person until they are sufficiently recovered
WHAT NOT TO DO:
- Do not attempt to restrain the person’s body while convulsing. – This can cause injury to both yourself and the person suffering the seizure
- Do not put anything in the person’s mouth – This is a major misconception that stems from the concern that a person with a seizure might swallow their tongue. They will not swallow their tongue
- Do not give the person water, food or pills until they are completely recovered
- Do not leave someone alone following the seizure until they have fully regained their bearings
Cal 911 if you are a loved one and the seizure lasts more that five minutes or if you are a stranger and helping someone who is without family or friends.
For those suffering from Epilepsy or a seizure disorder, always carry medical identification in the form of medical alert jewelry and medical ID card. In the event of an emergency, this will enable the people around you, especially strangers, to provide the appropriate treatment and maintain your safety in the event of a seizure.
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