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Epilepsy Bracelets: For Your Safety & Protection

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Do you or someone you love suffer from epilepsy? Epilepsy is a neurological condition which causes victims to suffer from seizures. While the seizures vary in scope and severity, the disorder can quickly become a medical emergency without proper identification and response.

Treatment options for epilepsy including medication have made the disorder much more manageable for those suffering from it. However, do you have all your safeguards in place if an emergency were to occur?

One of the major problems related to this and many other disorders is safeguarding yourself when you’re incapacitated. How can you tell someone you have epilepsy if you’re unconscious or unable to speak? That’s why you need to plan ahead and set up safeguards to alert those around you about your condition.

In most cases, you can wear an epilepsy bracelet to give people all the information they’ll need about your condition. That way, they will know what is happening with you – even if you cannot tell them.

Major Epilepsy Symptoms During & After a Seizure

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Signs of an epilepsy-related seizure and the aftermath include the following:

  • Convulsions: Most cases (around 60%) of epilepsy involve convulsive seizures. Victims will violently shake, often falling to the ground. Sometimes they start out as partial seizures (only affecting one hemisphere of the brain) while other times they begin as generalised (affecting both hemispheres of the brain).
  • Absence Seizures: These types of seizures are a bit more difficult to quickly identify. Victims will appear absent or “spaced out” for a period of time – sometimes up to 10 seconds or more. They will have an absent look in their eyes and remain unresponsive to verbal or physical stimuli.
  • Postictal Period: After a seizure episode, most sufferers of epilepsy experience what is known as the postictal period. This is a period of confusion and disorientation that occurs after victims regain consciousness. Postictal periods can endure anywhere from 3 to 15 minutes or more.

As you can see, it’s important to respond to an epileptic emergency as quickly as possible. Understanding how the disorder works can help people better recognise what to do and how to respond. However, knowing for sure always trumps wondering or going through a determination process. This immediate knowledge is exactly what you can achieve by wearing an epilepsy bracelet around your wrist.

Responding to a Seizure Situation

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Due to the nature of the disorder, any epileptic seizure should initially be approached as a medical emergency. However, seizures often run their course within a few minutes. As long as a victim is placed in the proper sideways position while laying down (known as the recovery position), emergency personnel may not be necessary.

How Epilepsy Bracelets Could Help You

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Imagine this scenario: you’re epileptic and you’re out in public. You happen to be out alone, and no one around you knows you have the disorder. Something triggers your condition and you have a convulsive seizure.

While you may know what all the response steps are in this situation, what is this like for the people around you who don’t know you? They may not know what’s happening to you – and may not know how to respond.

Wearing epilepsy bracelets decreases the risk and the confusion which may occur should you experience a seizure in an unfamiliar area. This easily wearable accessory provides a lifeline of communication between you and others. And it can help people know what you’re suffering from – and how to respond.

With such a simplified response option, epilepsy bracelets are a great way to keep yourself safe. To put it bluntly, why wouldn’t you want to better guarantee your own safety and well-being?

A comprehensive range of resources to assist people with self-management of epilepsy can be found on Epilepsy Action Australia.

4 thoughts on “Epilepsy Bracelets: For Your Safety & Protection”

  • Karin Lawson

    Is there a place in Adelaide S.A. Where we can go see these braclets. My 8 yr old daughter is epileptic/ADHD but cant choose which one she wants she was hoping to see them for me to order them if that is possible.
    Thanks
    Karin

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    • Michael Randall
      Michael Randall April 25, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      Hi Karin,

      Most pharmacies stock medibands, although they may not have the ones you want in stock.

      Try searching for your closest pharmacy here: http://www.mediband.com/au/ustorelocator/location/map

      Make sure you enter your address including state.

      Otherwise, please search www.mediband.com - we're an Australian company, and ship from Sydney.

      Please let me know if we can help further.

      Regards,

      Michael

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  • caroline balmforth
    caroline balmforth April 27, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Are these available in UK ? I haven't seen any
    Thank you

    Reply
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