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National Epilepsy Day: From being contagious to smelling shoes, know about the myths related to it

National Epilepsy Day Millions of people around the world are suffering from epilepsy. National Epilepsy Day is celebrated every year on 17 November to spread awareness about this disease among the people. On this occasion, let us know about some myths related to it.

 

New Delhi, Lifestyle Desk. National Epilepsy Day 2022: People all over the world are suffering from epilepsy. It is a disease that affects the nervous system, which causes seizures in the sufferer. According to a WHO report, about five crore people are suffering from this disease all over the world. Whereas in India alone, about one crore people are victims of epilepsy. It is a disease for which there is no cure but it can be controlled to a great extent through medicines.

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Apart from medicine, people suffering from this disease also need care and sympathy. But due to some myths related to epilepsy, people often distance themselves from the person suffering from it. Every year, National Epilepsy Day is celebrated on 17 November with the aim of bringing awareness among the people. On this occasion, let us know about such a myth related to epilepsy, about which it is very important for everyone to know.

Myth- Epilepsy is a contagious disease?

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Fact- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), epilepsy is a non-communicable disorder. This disease does not spread by coming in contact with an infected person.

Myth- Ghosts and witchcraft cause epilepsy?

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Fact- Epilepsy is a medical problem, which has nothing to do with ghosts and witchcraft. It is a disease that affects the nervous system, causing a short circuit in the patient’s brain and leading to seizures.

Myth- The intelligence of a person suffering from epilepsy is affected.

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Fact- Epilepsy does not affect a person’s intelligence in any way. The intelligence of a person suffering from this disease is also the same as that of normal people.

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Myth- A person suffering from epilepsy cannot lead a normal life.

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Fact- This notion is absolutely wrong. A person suffering from epilepsy can also lead a normal and normal life like others. Such persons can not only perform well in studies and workplace, but can also lead a normal life after marriage. However, such people should avoid driving and swimming.

Myth- A spoon or finger should be put in the victim’s mouth in case of an epileptic fit.

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Fact- This thing related to epilepsy is completely wrong. Forcing anything into the patient’s mouth during an attack can damage the teeth and gums. Apart from this, the talk of the patient smelling shoes or socks is also completely baseless.

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