Hot bath epilepsy

There is a form of epilepsy in which hot baths trigger reflex epilepsy. This type of epilepsy is apparently quite common in India, but not many cases have been reported elsewhere in the world. The onset of this type of epilepsy is most frequently during childhood, and the child typically outgrows it within six years.
Researchers do not yet understand what triggers an epileptic seizure in all instances; but if it can be determined, avoiding the trigger would a more suitable treatment than antiepileptic medications. (Postgraduate Medical Journal 63:975-976, 1987) Sometimes a food is the trigger, sometimes some emotional or physical tension. The parents must carefully study their child. A diary can be helpful. Copyright 1987 Phylis Austin

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