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Sudden shaking, foaming at the mouth while sleeping. Causes for symptoms?

Hello doctor. I just wanted to ask one question. My mother has been getting these weird attacks. While she is sleeping, she gets shaky, then foams from the mouth. I tried to shake her up a bit, but it seems like that doesn t work. When she wakes up, she doesn t remember foaming from the mouth or shaking. Is this a sign of epilepsy?
Asked On : Fri, 4 Jan 2013
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yes this looks like epilepsy,
it is very important to take her to neurologist and find the cause of it.
there are different type of epilepsy, this is a generalized convulsion what i suggest is when she gets an attack next time you observe if possible take a small video during the convulsion for your mobile and show it to neurologist. this way he will know which kind of convulsion it is.and this should be done after you have taken all precaution and called for an ambulance .
precaution or first aid for epilepsy -
-first call an ambulance then put patient on the side, preferably left side
- do not put anything in the mouth
- never try to give water in mouth when she is not conscious
- try to clear her mouth of any food or saliva or foam.
- make sure she does not fall from bed
- do not hold her tightly to stop convulsion , it can fracture her bone.
if these precaution are taken she will be safe during the attack, neurologist will guide you further
thank you
Answered: Fri, 4 Jan 2013
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