A seizure may be defined as an illness that attacks an individual suddenly. It is also known as an epileptic fit. The signs of epilepsy vary depending on what type of seizure the individual has.
Partial seizures are frequently called petit mal. To the outside observer, the symptoms of this are not obvious ones. During a simple partial seizure the individual first has what is notoriously called an air. This is actually the first part of the seizure action. There is no loss of consciousness in this case.
The person undergoes a feeling of numbness or tingling in any part of the body. There might be a compulsive twitching beginning in the face or some other part of the body. It may be accompanied by nausea or increased heart rate.
Another kind of epileptic seizure is the complex partial seizure. To the onlooker, the epilepsy symptoms are obvious. In this kind of seizure the individual does lose consciousness plus behaves in an abnormal way. He could do harm to himself and to others.
This behaviour can involve taking off garments, doing strange arbitrary actions, walking around and mumbling. These seizures can last from thirty seconds to three minutes.
The more common conception of an epileptic seizure is of someone having a fit. This form of seizure starts with a sudden cry along with a fall. The stiffening of the body that begins the process is known as the tonic and the spasms and shots that follow is called the clonic.
This could look quite alarming, particularly if the individual manages to bite his tongue. It generally lasts for only around a few minutes, which can seem like an eternity if you are the onlooker. The person often needs some care and confidence when he comes around as he is bound to feel confused and excessively tired after the epilepsy symptoms pass.