How Epilepsy Affects Your Health…

Epilepsy: The Cause

IMG_0014[2]A lot of people who do not live with epilepsy cannot fathom (imagine) what it would be like for someone who does, you see the average person gets up out of bed after a long night’s rest and jumps right into their daily routine with out a worry or care in the world feeling healthy and fine. For someone who has epilepsy it is a different route that they face every single day, at one point they might feel just like the next average person not thinking about too much proceeding through their day.

They decide to walk down a short flight of stairs leading to the living room and trip hitting against the railing on the staircase, they fall to the floor and start to shake uncontrollably at this point they are experiencing a seizure and it was triggered by the short fall off of the staircase. That was just an example of how a seizure can occur when a person suffers from it, and how seizures are brought on can happen in different ways whether it happens during an accident involving the individual or stress factors, even bullying someone who deals with epilepsy can trigger a seizure.

These are called “triggers” that can bring about a seizure depending upon the circumstances that the individual faces, keep in mind that other factors can also cause seizures such as a woman who is going through a pregnancy can suddenly have a seizure attack come out of nowhere. The list below will point out more triggers that can cause this neurological disorder to happen.

  • Car Accidents / Severe Physical Injury
  • Stress
  • Frustration / Embarrassment
  • Depression
  • Caffeine 
  • Malnutrition
  • Flashing Lights (Signals)
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Heavy Drug Usage
  • Alcohol (varies depending on blood alcohol content level if it drops)
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Incorrect Dosage of Anticonvulsant (“Missed Dose”)
  • Pregnancy

There are many other things that can cause seizures, that was just a few listed above some more than other cause that can be more serious that can lead to worse complications.

Epilesy: How can it affect someone’s health

IMG_0012[1]Epilepsy can do a lot of damage to the body both mentally and physically, it can leave a person in a great deal of pain from either standpoint. When it comes to the physical side of epilepsy it can cause serve muscle spasms to the point where the person will eventually lose control of motor functions such as , bowel movement, bladder functions, the clenching of teeth (sometimes the person might wind up biting into their tongue with great force as a result), and they also will have aching pain all over their body and the arms and legs become weak and unsteady.

The mental side of it can be even more dramatic for the individual, what happens is that the brain’s hemispheres (two sides) are affected in both the non-dominant hemisphere and the dominant hemisphere as a result the person may then lose long-term memory (temporarily), not to mention visual data through eyesight can be affected causing difficulty for the person to read and processing images. It’s really bad for children and infants; what the effects of epilepsy can do to them, toddlers who have it can wind up being diagnosed with autism or hyperactivity  both are classified as emotional disorders.

Epilepsy: The Hereditary Factor of it

IMG_0015[2]Yes epilepsy can be passed down to the offspring from the parents, so if either or both of your parents who live with epilepsy has a high-probability to pass it along to you. The reason for this is because of genetics meaning that it is written into your DNA, so traits that your parents had is based on a cellular level. DNA  is everything that makes us who we are in the basic sense, and without it we would cease to exist.

(A flashing distorted “YES” sign can be enough to trigger a seizure) 

Another thing to keep in mind is that your family’s history background can also play a factor as well, a child in the family either a brother or sister can develop the disorder but the chances of it can vary. This means that even though the parents may have it symptoms may not be present in the offspring, but the chances of it striking a child in the family is still possible so it is a 50/50% chance.

The same thing goes for the trait gene to be passed along to a child if only one parent that has epilepsy if it is the Mother that has it but not the Father, then the chances or risk of it to the offspring is in 100 chance for it to develop in the child. If it is the Father that has it but not the Mother, then the chances of it developing in the child is slightly higher. If both parents have it, then the chances of it then the probability is slightly higher. The interesting fact in this is that most children do not inherit the disorder from the parent, but the probability of inheriting some types of epilepsy still remains.

Epilepsy: Treatment Options

IMG_0010[1]The treatment process of epilepsy may not come as a surprise to you, medication would be the best path to deal with the disorder but there are other factors to consider about treatment options. For one you have to look at the person age which will play it’s role in this matter, anticonvulsant is such a medicine that doctor can use for treatment purpose but they will caution for it’s use on an epileptic patient and for good reason.

The thing that doctors fear about anticonvulsant (the medication is very potent and dangerous, caution in use is imperative when administered) is it’s effectiveness over the individual’s brain functions, it can lead to very dangerous results when using anticonvulsant drugs / medication especially when used to help treat epilepsy symptoms so check out the list below to see what anti medication drugs (side effects) can do to the user:

  • Can cause vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling Constipated
  • Drowsiness

The other downside to anticonvulsant medications is that they are NOT 100% guaranteed to work for the patient, so it is like a see-saw type of deal (dosage amount of the drug) with this type of medication meaning that it could work for the patient or make the patient worse off than they were before. One example of that is problems with vision which is a side effect of the drug, diplopia which is better known as “double vision” is very serious side effect that needs immediate attention from a doctor. Blurry vision may occur when using anticonvulsants, but is considered a temporary side effect.

Epilepsy is a very serious neurological disorder that can strike at anytime to anyone who suffers from it, and it is considered very deadly if treatment is not administered. If you know anyone like a family member or friend that suffers from it, then the first thing to do is find out any information that can help them to fully understand the severity of it as well as treatment options.


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Bacterial Staph Infection Affecting Your Health?

Staph Infection: The Cause

So have you ever wondered what exactly is a Staph Infection? Or a better question would be how can affect someone’s well-being in terms of their health, the one thing that crosses anyone’s mind right off is if they have any type of infection what symptoms would manifest as a result from the disease itself. Before you know what type of symptoms you are having to indicate the affliction that is affecting your life, you need to understand it first to the fullest.

(Staphylococcus pneumonia pictured right)

You can’t fight against anything if you don’t know what it is that you are fighting against, recognizing the symptoms can give you most of the answers (sometimes all) however it would be wise to check with your primary doctor to confirm any symptoms that you are experiencing. The doctor can then tell you what the indications could be from the symptoms that are present, with a staph infection one of the symptoms that appear as swollen reddish areas on the body that can serve as an indicator.

Another set of symptoms could be:

  • Bump in an infected area on the body
  • Swelling painful (bump), when touch it feels warm and full of pus
  • Fever can result from the symptoms mentioned as well

IMG_0007[1]Staphylococcus aureus is the proper term for it, others may refer to it as the “super-bug” can cause many different diseases besides that symptoms just mention in the bulletin line-up you just read. The disease itself appears in the form of grapes (grape-like structure pictured left), this is how they appear under a microscope when grouped together. These are a very dangerous type of infection, and in some cases it can lead to death making it “fatal” if treatment is ignored.

Some cases the disease is not treatable due to the complexity of it, and it can be caught also from the foods that we eat! Yes you just heard that right, so preparing your food properly is a must ( also store your food properly in the freezer!).

The vaginal cavity can house many diseases if proper hygiene is neglected, staph infections thieves on different regions of the body so the disease itself is very indiscriminate in it’s aggression to spread and grow. It was reported that “Tampons” that women would use was causing symptoms of staphylococcus aureus to manifest, this was confirmed in a report study done back in the 80’s.

This disease is very ‘potent’ meaning that it can survive in open areas such as surfaces (walls, countertops, doorknobs, to name a few), if anyone comes in contact with surfaces where it is present can result in exposure to the person. The way that it can be transferred is through the skin, anyone that has the disease can give it to someone else that way.

Staphylococcus aureus also known as (MRSA) is resistant to antibiotic methicillin, this also includes other drugs that fall into this category (class). Depending on the type of Staph infection will dictate the treatment options necessary, topical, oral, & intravenous antibiotics, are treatable options that can apply to the severity of the infection.

In some cases treatment might not apply at all, but again depending on the frequency of the infection (like a mild infection), these are considered non-life threatening.  Various bacterial toxins can be spread from it at any given time, the encounter between an individual and the disease can come in different forms or even contaminated foods that are digested.

A few examples are listed below this line:

  • Boils – is a pus-filled bump (painful), they appear as cystic acne bumps; inflamed / reddened and very uncomfortable.
  • Impetigo – is recognized as a bacterial skin infection (GAS) or group “A” strep / staph. This particular form of the infection can be spread through direct contact between people as well as objects and items such as, doorknobs, cell phones, walls (example would be someone placing their hand on a wall for balance),  towels, floor mats, etc.
  • Food Poisoning – the infectious bacteria can survive on food that is either left out for some time, or can give off a bad smell can be an indicator that the food is contaminated. With staph the food may seem and normal (as if it is not contaminated), however it still can have the bacteria within it. This is known as “food poisoning” or what is known by the common terms Salmonella & Shigella Poisoning, these are two types of food contaminates are related to the bacteria itself.
  • Cellulitis – this is a bacterial infection that is resulted from “staph” itself, and this particular potential infection can carried in the nose, mouth, genitals, or even the anal region, without the person even knowing that it is there until it becomes active. Cellulitis affects the deep layers of the skin, this can be treated by the use of various antibiotics.
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) – this is the stage of staph infection that is known to be “fatal”, the infection is caused by “staph” itself (Staphylococcus aureus or group “A” Streptococcus bacteria). The infection can be caused by a bacterial toxin (or) a variety of bacterial toxins, that can manifest from an individual that suffers from a high fever (it’s origin may vary) which can also decrease the blood pressure in the body. Malasie and confusion can also result as a side-effect, other factors such as organ failure, health digression, and coma can lead to death.

Staph Infections Treatment Options

Staph infections can be very difficult to treat depending on the type that a person may come in contact with and contract, reason for this again as explained earlier in the article is the ability of the disease’s defenses to resist antibiotics this is why they coined the name “superbug” that best fits it’s description. 

So a great line of defense is a better offense wouldn’t you agree?

This means what you can do on your part is to take steps to prevent from contracting it in the first place, doing that will put you ahead of the game every time.

So check out the list below and follow the suggested steps to do just that!

  1. Always use your own personal items such a towel, wearing your own clothes (never wear somebody else’s), use your own soap, dishcloth, toothbrush etc., use alcohol for sterilization purposes as well to clean your personal items.
  2. Clean your bathroom especially items in your bathroom that have your body fluids present on them.
  3. Use your clothes dryer to properly dry clothes avoid hanging your clothes outside on a clothesline, this can avoid bacterial agents floating around in the air that might form on your clothes.
  4. Use foot powder to avoid foot infection such as Athlete’s Foot.
  5. Remember to take time when treating / covering any wounds (which should be done right away), the smallest wounds can still leave an open invite for a bacterial infection. Look for honey-colored scab(s), if you suspect any type of infection then you should seek out a health clinic right away.
  6. Make sure to buy waterproof bandages using them to cover any wounds, also ask your doctor for a “tropical cream” that is effective in the prevention of a staph infection. When using the cream make sure to use a Q-tip when applying it to the infected area, when finished throw away the used bandages and wash trash cans.
  7. Use antibacterial soap when washing your hands and body, especially make sure you wash your hands before eating any meals.

If you suspect that you have a staph infection of any kind (if you notice symptoms that identify with it) then do not hesitate to call your doctor, he or she can help assist you when prescribing the proper medication to treat it.

Remember not all cases will end with the same result for treatment, the disease is very difficult to eradicate from the body.


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