Home > Medical > Epilepsy > FAQs 19 July 2004 Is epilepsy fatal? Seizures are usually not life-threatening in themselves; however, the consequences of seizing (e.g. while driving or swimming) may be fatal. In rare cases, epilepsy itself can cause death if prolonged repeated seizures are not treated properly. 0 Quiz Am I eating to optimise my health? » 6 ways to upgrade your life A headache-free festive season Seizures are usually not life-threatening in themselves; however, the consequences of seizing (e.g. while driving or swimming) may be fatal. In rare cases, epilepsy itself can cause death if prolonged repeated seizures are not treated properly. More in Medical What causes epilepsy? More: EpilepsyFAQs SPONSORED: So many prizes! Click through and see our fantastic competitions. advertisement Get a quote Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Lifestyle SA municipalities are discharging raw sewage into our river systems and wetland areas Homepage What's Your Diagnosis Case 4: Seeing odd things Lifestyle Google says you might die soon...from a sore throat Diet and nutrition Cooking rice differently can cut the calories by half Medical Less sitting time improves health in type 2 diabetics Parenting Tips for healthy school lunches kids will actually eat Live healthier Hypertension » Salt may be bad for more than blood pressure Regularly salting foods heightens death risk How potassium fights high blood pressure Are you eating too much salt? Did you know that high blood pressure affects as many as 25% of adult South Africans? Do you have a sweet tooth? » What’s SA’s most sugary drink? Craving sugar? Blame your brain WHO says we're eating too much sugar 10 foods with hidden sugar Even if you don't have a sweet tooth, you might still be eating far more sugar than you think.