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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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Medical alert jewelry is a simple and effective way to get you immediate and proper medical care and to save your life in the event of an emergency.
If you were in an emergency, first responders need to know if there is a serious or chronic medical condition involved that requires special medical attention.
Medical alert and medical ID jewelry will alert first responders and bystanders to your medical condition thereby enabling the appropriate care. All medical personnel are trained to look for medical ID jewelry. In a serious medical situation, time is of the essence and can be the difference between life and death.
There are many medical conditions that should be immediately known to first responders, such as:
- - Diabetes
- - Food Allergies
- - Implants like pacemakers
- - Severe Asthma
- - Epilepsy and seizure disorders
- - Drug Allergies
- - Shunts for dialysis patients
- - Alzheimer’s
- - Bee Sting Allergies
- - Coronary heart disease
- - Renal Failure
- - Transplant Surgery
- - People on blood thinners
- - Mentally disabled
- - Cancer patients
- - Person’s having bariatric surgery
Everyone with a serious medical condition should wear a medical alert bracelet. Medical alert / ID bracelets are designed to be noticed by trained personnel. It’s important to note that both medical alert necklaces and bracelets are considered appropriate ID tools by the medical profession. Emergency personnel are trained to check any jewelry on your person to see if it is medical id jewelry. However, its been documented that EMTs always look for bracelets first.
Additionally, depending on the type of activity you are engaged in, you may consider a different choice of medical alert and medical ID jewelry. For example, if you normally wear an ID necklace and you’re heading to the mountains to go skiing, it’s advisable to switch to an ID bracelet, as first responders would not have to dig through so many upper-body clothing layers to find your ID necklace.
The information contained on your medical alert jewelry is just as important as actually wearing your alert jewelry on a regular basis.
Here’s an example of the type of core information that must be included on your medical ID jewelry:
- - The Star of Life symbol
- - Statement of your type of medical (and if you take insulin)
- - Food or drug allergies
- - Prescription information
- - In-case-of-emergency (written as ICE) contact number information
- - Add anything else paramedics must know, including noting any implants (e.g., pacemaker or insulin pumps that shouldn't go in an MRI scanner)
In recent years, medical ID jewelry has come a long way in terms soft of looks. Gone are the days of the standard stainless steel bracelets. Fashionable jewelry styles are available for women, men and children that look great and allow for variety, but still convey the vital life-saving information medial alert jewelry was originally designed to do. If you have a medical condition that requires alert jewelry there really is no reason not to be wearing one with so many styles and options available on the market today.
At N-Style ID we've created hundreds of fun and fashionable medical alert jewelry for men, women and children.
The condition of epilepsy has been documented since the earliest medical texts. Stigma against the condition likely reaches back even further in history. Over the centuries, epilepsy has been associated with religious experiences, demonic possession, witchcraft, and mental illness, among other things.
Even during times when epilepsy was considered a curse from the gods, however, there were individuals fighting against misconceptions about the disorder and the seizures that accompany it. Among these was the Greek physician Hippocrates, who argued against divine explanation in the book On the Sacred Disease, written around 400 B.C. Although there have been many advances in medical understanding of epilepsy, misconceptions about the condition continue to this day.