People may take advantage of a number of options for preventing epilepsy. These include proper treatment of underlying causes, early treatment when symptoms begin making healthy lifestyle choices and taking steps for personal safety.
Cardiovascular disease, infections, high blood pressure, brain tumors and other neurological disorders can often be treated. While monitoring these conditions, the doctor will be better able to provide early treatment for problems that cause epilepsy. Starting medical care as soon as symptoms appear can be of great benefit in preventing and possibly even halting seizures.
Many lifestyle choices can play a role in preventing epilepsy by lowering the risk of underlying causes. Among these are treating hypertension, controlling diabetes, lowering cholesterol through proper diet, stopping cigarette smoking, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption and illicit drugs and practicing safe sex.
In cases caused by head trauma, prevention of epilepsy improves by observing sound safety practices. Wearing seat belts and putting children in car seats helps reduce the potential for brain damage in an auto accident. Other considerations include wearing a helmet when riding bikes or motorcycles, and when participating in sports prone to head contact.
Genetic testing may increase chances for preventing epilepsy. By identifying known genetic disorders that give rise to causes of epilepsy, it may be possible that early medical intervention can prevent seizures from beginning.