Gary Coleman released from hospital following slight seizure

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Gary Coleman was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday due to slight seizure activity. Coleman, known for his role in Diff’rent Strokes in the 1980s, was in the area to discuss the removal of a frontal nudity scene with the producers of his latest film called “Midgets vs. Mascots.”

While at his hotel, the 41 year old actor began feeling unwell and apparently vomited. Robert Malcolm, Coleman’s agent, told Associated Press that he had felt fuzzy and after vomiting, both symptoms of a possible seizure. He was taken to the emergency room by ambulance. Gary Coleman seemed to be doing better within minutes and the CT scan that was done showed no problems. With two failed kidney transplants in the past, dialysis and an overnight observation of the actor was the next step for Coleman. He returned to his home in Utah on Thursday.

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There are several possible causes for seizures. Doctors must determine what is causing the seizure in order to prevent another one from occurring. However, there are times when it is not known what is causing the seizures. Some causes can be low blood sugar or infection, writes WebMD.

There are also several types of seizures. Along with types of seizures, there are also several ways a person may exhibit the seizure. The most commonly known sign that someone is having a seizure is rhythmic movements of the arms and legs, often called a convulsion. This can be barely noticeable or it can be severe. A person may stare blankly for several seconds. Vomiting and feeling fuzzy may also be symptoms, which is what actor Gary Coleman experienced.

If someone you know has a seizure, knowing how to help that person is important. The most important thing to remember is to prevent injuries. Cushioning the person’s head so that they do not hit it hard on a wall or the floor and loosening any neckwear is a good start. Turn the person on his or her side in case they vomit. This will prevent them from choking on the vomit. Do not hold the person down, restrain them, or put anything in their mouth. It has long been believed that a person having a seizure will swallow their tongue. This is not true. Finally, observe the seizure: where it started, how long it is, direction of head and eye turning. This information can assist in determining the type of seizure.

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