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Seizures

 

Seizures and the intensity of their characteristics vary from person to person, largely depending on the individual’s medical condition. Witnessing someone endure a seizure can cause alarm and distress, but staying calm and observant of the person’s condition helps immensely, especially when emergency services are necessary. 

SEIZURE

A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that causes short-term changes in behavior, movements, or levels of consciousness. Although seizures are the primary symptom of epilepsy, having a seizure doesn’t necessarily mean that you have this disorder. The board-certified doctors at My Emergency Room 24/7 in San Marcos, Texas provide immediate care for patients of all ages who have experienced, or are experiencing, a seizure. Call for more information or walk in for prompt, no-wait emergency care.

Seizure Q & A

What is a seizure?

A seizure is a symptom of an electrical problem within your brain. It occurs when a sudden, abnormal surge of electrical activity takes place, causing temporary brain dysfunction.

Most people think seizures only cause uncontrollable body movements or convulsions, but they can also cause the affected person to stare blankly or briefly lose consciousness.

Most seizures fall into one of two categories:

  • Focal onset seizures: Focal onset seizures, or partial seizures, happen in just one part of the brain. This type of seizure can occur when a person is awake and aware, but also when a person is confused or unaware.
  • Generalized onset seizures: These seizures are caused by abnormal activity on both sides of the brain. Absence seizures and atonic seizures are just two of the many types of generalized onset seizures.
What causes seizures?

The common underlying causes of seizures tend to vary by age. Children are more likely to experience seizures when they have a very high fever or when their body is fighting off a severe infection.

Adult seizures can occur due to lack of sleep, head trauma, stroke, certain antidepressants, or pain relief medications. Anyone who experiences two or more unprovoked seizures at least 24 hours apart is usually diagnosed with epilepsy, which is a seizure disorder.

When is a seizure a medical emergency?

Most seizures last from 30 seconds to two minutes and don’t cause long-term problems or complications. Situations that should be treated as medical emergencies include:

  • A seizure that lasts longer than five minutes
  • A second seizure that occurs immediately after the first
  • A seizure that’s accompanied by a high fever
  • A seizure that’s caused by suspected heat exhaustion
  • A seizure that results in bodily injury
  • A seizure in someone who is pregnant or diabetic

Call 9-1-1 if you witness someone having a seizure and they don’t resume consciousness, or their breathing stops once the seizure ends.

How are seizures treated?

Because seizures increase the risk of fall-related injuries, the most important thing you can do to help someone who’s having a seizure is to get them into a safe position on the floor.

If a seizure is related to a high fever or heat exhaustion, treating the underlying issue can resolve the problem. When there’s no apparent cause, the team at My Emergency Room 24/7 can use a variety of tests, including a computerized tomography (CT) scan, to check for signs of a stroke or other brain abnormalities.

Although accurate treatment depends on a proper diagnosis, patients who suffer from recurrent seizures can usually benefit from anti-epileptic medications, which help reduce or eliminate seizures.

To learn more about emergency seizure care, call My Emergency Room 24/7 or stop in today.

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What Is The Best Way To Cure A Hangover?

What Is The Best Way To Cure A Hangover?

Unlike a handful of other ailments, hangovers are often self-diagnosable. You went to a party, had a solid share of beer, and now you’re suffering from a throbbing headache, stomach pain, nausea, some vomiting, and an inability to think straight. Hangover symptoms relay the message that you’ve had too much to drink, and usually start when your blood alcohol content dwindles down to zero. Truthfully, you can’t cure a hangover, though you can take steps to reduce your symptoms in number and severity. 

Hangover symptoms largely stem from dehydration. As a diuretic, alcohol causes you to urinate more, depriving you of water and electrolytes. This contributes to painful headaches you may experience. Drinking less alcohol and more water reduces the likelihood of major discomfort the morning after. While water in itself does not ward off hangover symptoms or affect alcohol content once it enters your body, prioritizing hydration before, during, and after the night you drink helps you compensate for fluid loss brought on by alcohol. 

While a cure doesn’t exist, over-the-counter medications may alleviate the symptoms that make hangovers so dreadful. Ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) provides relief, but take this medication with caution. Excessive doses often upset the stomach while you’re already feeling ill. Pepto-Bismol is another widely accessible medication that treats stomachaches associated with hangovers. While coffee may tempt in the event of fatigue, know that hydrating yourself with water provides more long-term benefits. In treating pain, avoid acetaminophen (Tylenol). When combined with even the smallest amounts of alcohol, this medication damages the liver. 
Monitoring your symptoms while prioritizing hydration and rest are key steps to treating (if not curing) a hangover. Should your hangover symptoms seem more than mild or present themselves with unfamiliar changes, do not hesitate to consult a doctor to determine if medical attention is necessary. My Emergency Room 24/7 addresses more severe symptoms associated with alcohol poisoning. If you are located within the within San Marcos, call us today.

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Sunburns

Sunburns

Most people who’ve enjoyed a trip to the beach or swimming pool might tell you that leisure comes with a price, including red, hot, itchy skin that hurts to touch, even as you lather on some gentle aloe vera or another dollop of Coppertone. Though you think you did your best in covering up, the sun has its way with leaving an unsightly sunburn. Here’s how to naturally heal your sunburn and practice effective damage control:

Eat Hydrating Foods. While applying more moisturizer onto your skin seems like a reasonable solution, putting water-rich fruits into your body helps to heal your sunburn. Damage from the sun dries your body as a whole, and stocking up on fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe provides the fortification needed for your skin to naturally heal.

Reduce the Friction and Heat. Even after you’ve escaped the sun’s rays, items within the coolness of your home can thwart efforts to heal your sunburn. You might already be familiar with the chaffing that occurs when you go to bed with a rash. Do your best to comfortably cut back on linens and heavy bedding materials. Temporarily sleeping on an air mattress might promote better sleep and rapid healing as you rest surrounded by less heat. Resting your body as a whole is crucial as you heal your sunburn.

Stop Touching Your Skin. Sunburns come with ugly blisters and peeling skin that you might feel tempted to pull at. Don’t. A full recovery from sunburns usually requires 3 to 6 months of monitoring and treatment, and picking at your skin only prevents you from restoring good health. Peeling your skin only increases your risk of serious infection and in the case of persistent blisters, treat them with a sterilized needle held above an open flame. Know that blisters are to be treated within the first 24 hours of their emerging. Afterwards, let them be and allow your body to heal itself.

Sunburns are a widespread affliction with serious implications, and if constantly experienced, leave the sufferer increasingly prone to skin cancer. My Emergency Room 24/7 recommends quick action and continuous monitoring to heal your sunburn and overall well-being. If you are located within the San Marcos area, call us today.