Convulsions are a medical condition in which a person’s body appears to shake in an uncomfortable manner. When a person experiences this kind of condition, muscles in his/her body quick contractions and relaxations very frequently. This can lead to rapid shaking movements.
Though the convulsions are quite traumatic, usually they are harmless to the person experiencing them. Usually convulsions last from 30 seconds to two minutes. Sometimes convulsions occur for a quite long time. If the convulsions last 15 minutes or more, then they should need emergency care.
When a person experiences convulsions, he/she may suddenly fall or experience uncomfortable muscle spam. Also, he may begin to froth or drool from the mouth, start grunting and snorting. Sometimes they may stop breathing for a period of time.
Some other symptoms of convulsions that need emergency care include:
- Feeling of confusion
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Clenching of the teeth
- Unusual eye movement
- Briefly blacking out
- Acting in an unusual manner such as laughing for no reason, suddenly becoming angry, picking at his or her clothes
Major causes of convulsions include:
If a person repeatedly experience convulsions, then he or she may has epilepsy. Epilepsy is a brain dysfunction than can be controlled by using proper medication. Children under five years can also experience this condition. In children, the result of epilepsy can lead to sudden rise in temperature. Convulsions due to fever don’t cause any long term brain difficulties or any other side effects from the convulsions.
Sometimes alcohol abuse and usage of illegal drugs can cause convulsions. Some more causes of convulsions include:
- General Head injury
- Heart disease
- Electric shock
Pregnant women experiencing toxemia and poisoning can also experience convulsions. When anybody around you experiences convulsions, it is best to lie in a safe area. Convulsions should be cease on their own. If the convulsions don’t stop after five to ten minutes, visit emergency care provider.