How does COVID-19 affect the quality of life of people who are suffering from epilepsy?

Wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart from others help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says: “Vaccines will work with your immune system so it will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Both natural immunity and immunity produced by a vaccine are important parts of COVID-19 disease.”
Be informed, always follow the Guidelines of authority related to the pandemic. We’ve put together an article for you that brings up some studies on the covid and the well-being of epileptic patients. You can get answers to the most common questions affecting epileptic patients and learn about the importance of Ayurveda in fighting the coronavirus.

You may ask what’s the point of studies with epileptic people. Such surveys provide more information about the health status of patients. Several patients can be monitored simultaniously, and everyone is free to declare their condition, in which case none of the answers will be ignored. And this information is very useful for doctors to apply a more comprehensive treatment to people with epilepsy. The results obtained often shed light on things that have so far been overlooked by doctors or not considered necessary to address them better. Well then, let’s look at three studies here that focus on the quality of life of epilepsy during the covid epidemic.

A Spanish study looked at how the epidemic affected the lives of people with epilepsy. One hundred epileptics were interviewed, with a mean age of 42 years. Nearly 30 percent of patients surveyed had increased seizure activity due to increased stress, fear, depression, less physical activity, anxiety, and sleep deprivation. Only nine percent had seizure control improved during the pandemic.

In April 2020, a similar study was conducted in Saudi Arabia . The information was based on self-declaration. A total of 156 patients completed the questionnaire, 30 percent of whom reported increased seizure activity, most likely due to increased stress, taking multiple antiepileptic drugs, and changes in sleep during the epidemic.

An Indian study also looked at changes in the mental status of 156 people with epilepsy during the epidemic. All patients belong to the state of Rajasthan. 53.8 percent of patients worried about getting COVID-19 and could not stop thoughts about being infected by coronavirus bothering them. 50.8 percent of patients were afraid of COVID-19. During the study, no significant effect on the mood of participants were observed because of COVID-19. A possible explanation for this finding could be that all the patients were on antiepileptic medicines some of which also act as mood stabilisers and antianxiety medicines.
The study concluded that there is currently no information that either epilepsy or its treatment predisposes a person to covid-19. However, the stress caused by the pandemic can cause a lack of sleep and lifestyle changes and can predispose a person to an increase in the frequency of existing seizures.

Keep reading to learn more about how Ayurveda helped 2,000 covid patients recover fast after they catch the coronavirus!

Ayurveda plays an important role in the treatment of the covid pandemic

The Union Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) has brought out a National Clinical Management Protocol based on Ayurveda and Yoga for management of Covid-19. The document in its general and physical measures states that besides physical distancing, respiratory and hand hygiene, wearing a mask, gargling with warm water added with a pinch of turmeric and salt should be done.
It goes on to suggest a nasal application of medicated or plain oil (sesame or coconut) or application of cow's ghee once or twice a day, especially before going out and after coming back home.
Also advisable is steam inhalation with Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi), or Pudina (Mentha spicata) or Eucalyptus oil once a day.
Other suggestions include six to eight hours of sleep and moderate physical exercises, and yoga protocol.

If you want to get proper treatment during a covid epidemic and are looking for a clinic where special attention is also paid to your epilepsy, visit the best doctor for epilepsy treatment in India, Neeraj Clinic, where you can receive professional treatment.

Successful treatment of Covid patients with Ayurveda

While the whole world is researching the right vaccine to overcome the epidemic, the good news is that as many as 58 new COVID-19 trials involving Ayurveda intervention were registered in the Clinical Trial Registry of India, highlighting the emerging nationwide trend of evidence-based studies in Ayush disciplines.
Limiting the progression of COVID-19 once it develops is also an important part of treatment. Ayurveda can offer several herbal formulations and dietary measures having immunomodulatory potential that may be useful for post-infection prophylaxis. Find the best doctor for epilepsy in India who, taking into account your epilepsy, your specific mental and physical condition, will help you in the pro-covid stage.

Is “scientific” non-ayurvedic covid vaccination safe for people with epilepsy?

We would first describe a study conducted in Iran in September 2020 where the opinions of doctors were assessed. It is intended to communicate the concerns of physicians to decision makers. Two hundred two doctors were interviewed. 27 percent of them thought they had a higher risk of epilepsy than the covid epidemic. 74 percent of them supported covid vaccination for their patients.

After one year, after several studies and research, we can safely say that a person with epilepsy is not at higher risk for vaccination against covid than people without non-epilepsy. The risk of severe illness from COVID-19 infection is greater than the risk of side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine for most epilepsy patients.

there is currently no evidence to suggest that having epilepsy is specifically associated with a higher risk of side effects from a covid-19 vaccine.

If I still have not been able to convince you of the effectiveness of the covid vaccine, I will mention that Megalab gat Rs 300-cr seed fund to develop the Ayurveda-based Covid vaccine. The alumni council president Ravi Sharma said: “the proposed vaccine is an Ayurveda-based adjuvant vaccine that will have both injectible and nasal drops variants, and is expected to improve efficacy, reduce side effects, and work across all variants of the virus”.

Finally, here are some frequently asked questions that may help people with epilepsy get through this pandemic:

If high fever is a trigger for you, talk to your doctor and develop an action plan for your seizure. Always have the right amount of medication, such as two weekly doses, if you are quarantined for the virus.

The risk that high fever, a symptom of covid, could trigger a possible seizure is not a reason to completely isolate yourself from the outside world. Always observe COVID appropriate behaviour at all times.
Find the best ayurvedic treatment for epilepsy in India by visiting Neeraj Epilepsy Clinic.

According to the Association of British Neurologists, all COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people with neurological conditions such as epilepsy.

Some people with epilepsy are more likely to feel unwell, especially if they have a high-temperature illness (fever). Fever is a symptom of the coronavirus so that it can cause seizures in people with epilepsy.

The best way to prevent seizures is to take your epileptic medications as usual during all illnesses. If you have a fever, the National Health Service (NHS) based in Great Britain says you can take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower the temperature. Both are safe for most people with epilepsy, but ask your pharmacist if they will interact with your epileptic medicine.

High fever and infections often caused by a coronavirus infection can lower the seizure threshold, leading to an increase in the frequency of seizures.

Good immune status is vital to prevention and to safeguard from disease progression. Allopathic medicines used to treat seizures, known as anti-epileptic drugs, do not suppress the immune system.
Keep in mind that everyone has different epilepsy and therefore requires special treatment. If you want the safest protection against the covid pandemic, see an epilepsy specialist. Together you could achieve better results. Pandemics have become part of our everyday lives; it’s important to always have your body prepared, even if you haven’t caught the coronavirus yet, and even if you’re recovering from it now.

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