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What Increases Your Risk
The risk for epilepsy increases if you have:
Epilepsy may develop even though you do not have any risk factors. This is especially true of many forms of childhood epilepsy.
When To Call a Doctor
Seizures do not always require urgent care. But call
If you have a seizure for the first time or you witness someone having a seizure, call a doctor immediately. For more information, see the topic Seizures.
If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy, call your doctor if:
Watchful waiting is appropriate if you have already been diagnosed with epilepsy and you have a seizure. But call your doctor right away if you have a second seizure within a short period of time or if your seizures have become more frequent or more severe. Your doctor may need to change the amount of medicine you take or try a different medicine.
If you know someone who has epilepsy, learn what to do when the person has a seizure.
Who to see
If you or your child has a seizure for the first time, contact your or your child's doctor to discuss the event and its potential cause. Your doctor may refer you to a neurologist. Your regular doctor may be able to supervise your epilepsy treatment after your seizures are under control.
People with epilepsy who have trouble controlling seizures and need special care, tests, or surgery can get help at epilepsy centers. The staff at epilepsy centers include doctors and other health professionals trained in treating people with this disorder.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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