Are seizures dangerous?

Although it may be frightening to see someone unexpectedly having a seizure, most seizures last only for a few minutes and the person usually recovers without problems.

Most seizures are not dangerous on their own. However, seizure-like activity can result in injury due to falls or can limit activities that the person is able to engage in (for example driving, swimming, climbing ladders, etc) in which a sudden loss of consciousness could be dangerous. While potentially psychologically and physically distressing, most seizures are not dangerous themselves as long as they are limited and people are able to support their airway and breath on their own.

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