Epilepsy records are vital: charity
A NATIONAL epilepsy charity says almost one in ten people in the South West keep no record of health symptoms before seeing their GP.
Independent research commissioned by the Young Epilepsy charity said city people are increasing the risk of misdiagnosis and inaccurate treatment by not making a note of their symptoms.
Young Epilepsy is dedicated to children and young people aged 25 and under living with epilepsy.
Dr Krishna Das, consultant paediatric neurologist at the charity, said: "Keeping track of symptoms is vitally important when it comes to helping GPs and other doctors make an accurate diagnosis and develop the most appropriate management plan for patients.
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"For parents or young people monitoring their epilepsy, diary logs and videos of seizures are important in helping us to track the condition."
Young Epilepsy is launching a free smart phone app to help young people and their parents keep a track of the condition.
The app is designed primarily for teenagers with epilepsy, their parents and carers.
It is compatible with Apple, and is available now, with an Android version also coming soon.
The app includes a seizure video function; symptom log; diary and medical prompts.
It also features key emergency and contact details, acts as an information portal and provides data in both print and email format so it can be easily shared with a school; carer or medical professional.
For further information visit youngepilepsy.org.uk.