What are temporal lobe seizures?

The temporal lobe seizures usually occur in the temporal lobes of the brain which processes emotions and short term memory. A person having temporal seizure experiences odd feelings like euphoria, déjà vu or fear and he/she is aware of what is happening. During an intense seizure, the person looks awake but is not responsive while the lips and hands may look useless and performs repetitive movements. These conditions can be treated by medications.

Symptoms of temporal lobe seizures

  • A person experiences an aura which is an unusual sensation that acts as a warning. The aura is a simple partial or focal seizure that does not damage the consciousness, and there are several examples:

o   A sudden or strange odor or taste

o   A sudden sense of unprovoked fear

o   A rising sensation of the abdomen

o   A person experiences a déjà vu which is a feeling that what is happening has happened before.

This seizure damages the ability of the individual to respond to others which is known as partial complex or focal dyscognitive seizure. This lasts for about 30 seconds up to 2 minutes and has the following signs and symptoms:

Temporal lobe seizures

A person having temporal seizure experiences odd feelings like euphoria, déjà vu or fear and he/she is aware of what is happening.

  • The person just stares
  • Lip smacking
  • There is loss of awareness of the surroundings
  • Repeated swallowing or chewing
  • The person does a picking motion or unusual finger movements

After a temporal seizure, a person experiences the following:

  • Inability to recall what happened during the seizure
  • There is a period of confusion and has difficulty speaking
  • The person experiences extreme sleepiness
  • The person is unaware experiencing a seizure

Causes of temporal lobe seizures

  • Infections like encephalitis or meningitis or the individual has history of infections
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • The person is suffering from stroke
  • A blood vessel malformations in the brain
  • Genetic syndromes
  • The person has brain tumors

The brain cells produce varying electrical activity during waking and sleeping. If this electrical activity becomes abnormally synchronized, a convulsion or seizure may happen. If the seizure happened in just one area of the brain, it will cause a focal seizure. A partial seizure that occurs in one of the temporal lobes is called a temporal lobe seizure.

Treatment and home remedies

The activities that are dangerous if the individual experiences a seizure include the following. It is important that you know what to do during a seizure. All you have to do is to register for first aid training today.

  1. Bathing can also cause a person suffering from seizure to drown. It is recommended to only take a shower.
  2. Avoid swimming alone and wear a life jacket at all times.
  3. Avoid driving a car or operating equipment if the person is at risk for seizures.
  4. Avoid working on high buildings since the person is at great danger of falling if the person is suffering from seizure.
  5. Wear a medical alert bracelet.


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