The act of taking a selfie has become as commonplace as taking a regular photo.
However, experts are warning that the seemingly innocent practice can cause epileptic seizures responses for some.
In one case, a selfie-taking teen had seizure-like spikes in her brain activity after snapping a bright photo of herself.
Canadian doctors determined she likely had a photosensitivity response to these types of photos and this could be a contributing factor to her seizures.
The recent case study determined that those with photosensitive epilepsy can have seizures caused by the bright flash, and called the phenomenon ‘selfie-epilepsy’.
This is the latest allegation against selfies. In the past, experts said the act could cause wrinkles due to the phone’s radiation and self-image issues.
The medical experts observed the teenager’s brain spikes while they were monitoring her to gather information about what was causing her seizures.
The girl was being recorded in a lab setting and was hooked up to an electroencephalogram, or EEG.
Doctors noticed that while she was in the dark room she took a selfie, with the flash and the pulsing flashes of red-eye reduction, which caused the unusual spikes in her brainwaves.
These seizure-like spikes helped the doctors diagnose the girl with a photosensitivity response to selfies.
One form of epilepsy is called photosensitivity epilepsy but it’s rare, making up three percent of epilepsy cases.
People with this form of the condition can have seizures triggered by flashing light, natural light and even visual patterns.
It is most commonly found in children and adolescents, becoming less frequent as the child grows older.
The case noted that since this conclusion was drawn from only one patient, there needed to be a larger study conducted to determine if selfies could be a trigger for all patients with photosensitivity issues.