Some things make seizures more likely for some people with epilepsy. These are often called triggers.

    Fast facts

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      Triggers don’t cause epilepsy; they are things that make seizures more likely
    2. 2
      There are a range of things that can trigger seizures (more on this below)
    3. 3
      Not everyone with epilepsy has seizure triggers
    4. 4
      If you have seizure triggers, trying to avoid them can help to prevent seizures
    5. 5
      Only 3 in 100 people with epilepsy, have seizures triggered by flashing lights

    Possible seizure triggers

    Your seizure triggers will be individual to you. Here are some possible triggers.

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    You might already have an idea of what can trigger your seizures. If you’re not sure if you have seizure triggers, keeping a seizure diary can help to work them out.

    If you think you have seizure triggers what could you try to avoid them?

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    More info

    There is more about seizure triggers on the Epilepsy Action website.

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    Updated 12 May 2020
    Review 12 May 2023
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