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What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a group of symptoms resulting from a complication of a viral infection called shingles or shingles. Herpes zoster causes pain and a red rash that blisters. Apart from this, Ramsay Hunt syndrome can also cause paralysis of the facial muscles and hearing loss in the infected ear.
Other names for this syndrome are zoster geniculate, herpes zoster oticus, and herpes geniculate gnaglionitis. Prompt treatment of Ramsay Hunt’s syndrome can reduce the risk of complications that can cause facial muscle weakness and permanent hearing loss.
How common is Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is rare in children but occurs frequently in the elderly, both boys and girls. You can minimize the occurrence of this disease by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for more information.
What are the signs and symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
A common symptom of Ramsay Hunt syndrome is small blisters that occur in and around the ear, on the tympanic membrane of the ear, and along the side of the mouth.
When should I see a doctor?
Contact your doctor if these symptoms occur: Rash around your ears, Hearing loss, Facial paralysis on one side, Facial pain with headache
What causes Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
The cause is the same virus that causes chickenpox (varicella zoster). This virus is believed to infect the facial nerve which is located near the inner ear. This virus reactivates when the immune system weakens and causes shingles or shingles. If the infection occurs in the area near the ear, it can cause Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
Treatments Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
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Treatment with antiviral drugs can help the skin heal faster and reduce the pain associated with shingles. The doctor will prescribe pain medication to relieve rash and pain that arises after the rash goes away, known as post herpetic neuralgia.
Post herpetic neuralgia is a disturbing effect in some people with shingles and Ramsay Hunt syndrome. After the rash goes away, the pain can last for 6 months or maybe even longer.
Anti-inflammatory drugs can also help relieve pain. Sometimes, your doctor may prescribe a short-term use of narcotic pain medication for severe pain that cannot be relieved by other medications.
What are the usual tests for Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
Your doctor can make a diagnosis based on your medical history and physical examination. Sometimes, the doctor will peel off the top of the blister and take a small amount of tissue underneath it. This sampling (called a Tzanck smear) will be sent for research. Viral culture can also be done. Viral culture is done by isolating the virus and letting it grow on a special dish.
An MRI scan may be needed to determine if there are any other disorders.