Certain activities can be dangerous if you have a seizure while doing them. Activities include:
- Swimming. If you go in water, don't go alone and be sure to wear a life preserver.
- Bathing. Bathing also can pose a risk of drowning. Shower instead.
- Working high up. You could fall during a seizure.
- Driving a car or operating other equipment. All states have licensing restrictions for driving for people with a history of seizures. The rules differ from state to state.
Consider wearing a medical alert bracelet to help emergency medical personnel. The bracelet should state whom to contact in an emergency, what medications you use and your medication allergies.
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