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Many 'believe myths' on epilepsyBBC News said:Many people believe potentially harmful myths about epilepsy, a study from University College London suggests.
A third would put something in the mouth of a person having a seizure to stop them swallowing their tongue - but doing so could block their airways.
The authors questioned 4,605 staff and students from the university on what happens when someone has a seizure and how they should be helped.
The authors focused on four key myths surrounding seizures: the need to call an ambulance, the need to put something in their mouth so they do not swallow their tongue, and the incidence of foaming at the mouth and violence in seizures.
In fact, foaming and violence are not common symptoms of seizures but many people still believed these myths.
People aged over 65 were more likely to believe the myths than younger people.
For example, 30-35% of those aged under 65 would put something in the mouth of someone having a seizure, but 57% of respondents aged over 65 said they would do so.
The authors also found that awareness of the right things to do when someone has a seizure was higher in people who knew someone with epilepsy.