Good evening. My parents are sometimes unconscious, have convulsions and have foam out of their mouth. What kind of disease is this? Please enlighten me
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Seizures are a reflection of electrical disturbances in the brain that appear suddenly and uncontrollably. This condition can cause changes in a person's behavior, movement, feelings, or even consciousness. In adults, spasms that cause foamy discharge from the mouth can result from the following conditions:
Epilepsy; that is, disturbances in brain activity that cause periodic seizures, behavioral disturbances, sensations, or decreased consciousness. This condition is closely related to genetic factors, head injuries, brain disorders (for example due to stroke or tumor), infections (for example meningitis or encephalitis), and prenatal disorders (eg intrauterine infections, hypoxia), developmental disorders
Meningitis namely inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, can be caused by infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi, or other causes, such as drug allergies, cancer, and sarcoidosis
Encephalitis; namely inflammation of the brain parenchyma, often associated with infections (especially viral infections)
Electrolyte balance disorders, for example hyponatremia
Drug side effects, for example pain medications, anti depressants, amphetamines, cocaine
Alcohol intoxication, and so on
Need to clarify, how long has it been for your parents to have had these complaints? Have you ever seen a doctor? And do your parents have a history of certain diseases?
In order to identify the cause of seizures, doctors need to perform a thorough neurological examination as well as other comprehensive supporting tests, ranging from blood tests, lumbar puncture, EEG (brain record), CT scan, MRI, PET scan, and so on. Therefore, you should take your parents directly to a neurologist so that their condition can be given further treatment. The earlier the diagnosis of the disease is known, the faster treatment will be given and the higher the potential for recovery. The treatment can later be given through administering drugs, surgery, or other therapeutic modalities.
Here are some initial treatments you can do for a while:
Identify the things that often trigger seizures in your father, and as much as possible keep your father away from these triggers
Let your father rest regularly, reduce activities that are too tiring
Support your father in living a healthy lifestyle, including by eating nutritious foods, don't smoke, don't consume alcohol, stay away from stress
Don't let your dad ride, swim, or do other dangerous activities alone
Hope it helps ..
dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah