PHF President Assures Ghanians-Epilepsy not Contagious

It may sound odd, but recently the president of Psycho Health Foundation, a mental health NGO, made a public appeal to Ghanaians that explains that epilepsy is not contagious after the Ghanians showed a reluctance to get close to epileptic patients in fear of catching the condition.

He explained that while epilepsy is a neurological disease that occurs within the minds of patients, the foam or saliva which often occurs in patients is not contagious.

“There is no way a person can get infected with epilepsy by eating, shaking hands or even touching the saliva or foam of an affected person,” he said.

PHF President Lawrence Essuman was interviewed by the Ghana News Agency on March 1. He explained that when epileptic patients fall down, bite their tongue and pass urine or feces, it is a normal symptom associated with epilepsy. He said other symptoms include becoming stiff and shaking, foaming at the mouth, pale or bluish lips and loss of memory or confusion after an attack. Essuman also tried to get those people who have suffered from an epileptic attack to make it a point to see doctor for a checkup as well as to take any of the medications (like Topamax) they were given. He added that this was particularly important if anyone had their first seizure after 30 years because their epilepsy is more likely to have stemmed from an illness.

Epilepsy is a condition that generally is treated with medications like Topamax. The drug is also used to treat migraines. Studies have shown that taking Topamax during pregnancy can cause babies to be born with serious birth defects, including PPHN, cleft palate, neural tube defects and heart, lung and brain defects. If your baby was born with birth defects after being exposed to Topamax, contact Greg Jones today for a free consultation. I am experienced at fighting Topamax lawsuits and may be able to get you compensated for your baby’s injuries.

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