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Alternative Treatments For Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
Herpes meds: Ramsay hunt is a variant of herpes facial neuritis. Many cases of bell's palsy are also caused by herpes. The virus lives in the trigeminal ganglion and can be activated to produce severe symptoms. Just facial weakness is bells. Facial weakness with hearing loss vertigo and numbness of face tongue and mouth is ramsay hunt. No cure but may be modified with herpes meds. ...Read more
Yes: Ramsy hunt occurs in people due to re-activation of the chicken pox virus. One typically sees clear painful vesicles arournd the ear canal along with weakness or paralysis of the face on the same side. Treatment begins early, within 72 hrs after onset with aniviral medication and sometimes steroids. The management depends upon the extent of involvment and the occurance of complications. ...Read more
Which one?: Dr ramsay hunt described several conditions. The more famous is the herpes infection of the ear that can produce severe pain, vertigo, and loss of hearing. Another is a disorder of the cerebellum with balance problems that become progressive. Another is pain and numbness of the elbow down to the hand from injury to the ulnar nerve. ...Read more
Herpes zoster oticus: The virus causing problems in this case is not simplex but zoster, and the eruption may be seen over the ear, sort of like shingles. This affects the facial nerve, can cause local ear pain, and maybe affect hearing and balance. Typically, like most zoster infections runs its course and then remits, hopefully fully without post-herpetic neuralgia. ...Read more
Ramsay Hunt: The diagnosis and treatment of ramsay hunt syndrome is a bit complex. Your neurologist should have a crack at it and if you still are having lots of problems may refer you a subspecialty neurologist or pain specialist. Use of anti-viral medications, treatment of post herpetic neuralgia, and use of steroids have probably already been discussed with you or tried. ...Read more
Clinical diagnosis: The diagnosis of ramsay-hunt syndrome is a clinical one based on history and physical findings. The latter would include facial weakness and finding clear fluid filled vesicles in the external ear canal. ...Read more
Ramsay Hunt Type II: Is caused by reactivation of the Varicella or Chickenpox virus in the geniculate ganglion, a collection of nerve cells & fibers of the Facial Nerve. Prognosis depends on age, competence of immune system, extent & severity of impairments from Facial Nerve damage. Milder cases treated with antiviral medication & steroids within 3 days of symptom onset have a 70-75% chance of recovery. ...Read more
Herpes Infection: Ramsy-hunt syndrome is attributed to a herpes infection of the geniculate ganglion. It consists of facial palsy in combination with a herpetic eruption in the external ear canal. Symptoms may include tinnitus (ringing in the ear), vertigo, deafness plus the facial weakness. ...Read more
Too long : The acute symptoms of ramsey hunt should be over within a few weeks. What you have sounds is a more late term consequence. You should follow up with an ENT doctor and have you balance tested and then perhaps get into balance therapy. ...Read more
Ramsay hunt syndrome I am 29 years old after 3 weeks at home and being diagnosed with ramsay hunt syndrome I need answers, everything I have read does not state anything about vomiting, for a week now I am vomiting and I am not eating, but the smell of fo
Ramsay-hunt syndrome is involvement of the facial nerve by the same virus that causes chicken pox. It produces the facial weakness by inflaming the nerve. It also affects hearing and can be accompanied by dizziness and change in appetite along with vomiting. If this is been present for three weeks you should be on the road to recovery.
On rare occasions there may be some associated involvement of cerebellar function (balance and coordination function)and involvement of other cranial nerves. If you have not seen a neurologist you should seriously consider doing so. There are better treatments available for nausea and vomiting than flat coke. Recovery of the facial nerve can be monitored electronically and there are medications for the pain. Please see a neurologist. ...Read more
Ramsay Hunt recovery: In general, your chances of recovery are much better if the treatment is started within 3-5 days after the symptoms begin. Call your PCP if you lose movement in your face, or you have a rash on your face. ...Read more
My mom has ramsay hunt syndrome and it has been going on for about 3 or 4 days now and we just went to the hospital how long is it going to take for r?
Better in a few days: For others, RHS is herpes zoster (shingles) near an ear and the faciaI nerve. Does "r" mean relief? With acyclovir or valycyclovir, new lesions should stop appearing within 48 hours, and existing ones should start to improve within 3-5 days. It will take a couple of weeks for complete healing of rash. Facial nerve paralysis can take longer to clear (unfortunately, sometimes is permanent.) ...Read more
Does facial palsy always present with ramsay hunt syndrome, I have all other symptoms, only pain is to the back of my head and neck. Blisters in ear etc?
RHS : Facial paralys can present few days before or after onset of other symptoms in rhs. Acute facial paralysis is the hallmark of rhs, but the syndrome as described by dr. Hunt can have varying presentation, making the history and physical examination the most important tool. Other nerves in proximity to the facial nerve can be affected by vzv. Focus is on differential diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Is there any alternative treatments to fowlers syndrome (complete retention) other than SNS or urinary diversion? Don't want more surgery (got spc now)
Here are some...: Do clean intermittent self-catheterilization (or CISC) is the most reasonable option after failing to response to conservative Rx with alpha-blocker & Kegel exercise, etc. and before undergoing invasive procedures as mentioned. More? Contact www.HealthTap.com/dr-Lin with RQPWJC to login — using audio/ video goes faster and learns more than text chat does. ...Read more
I was just diagnosed with syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone (siadh). Are there any alternative treatments?
It depends: Siadh can be a serious condition requiring medical care from an appropriate specialist. It would be irresponsible of me to provide you with suggestions for this condition without having an opportunity to review your lab results. I would carefully follow the instructions of your physician. Some conditions can be helped by this forum on healthtap. Siadh is not one of them. ...Read more
Where?: Cystic change in the breasts is very common. Of course if you have a dominant breast mass, it needs to be seen as a possible cancer. Mainstream medicine has little to offer. I've had colleagues tell me that evening primrose oil is the first herbal to try for painful / lumpy breasts. An evidence-based holist in your community may be able to offer more. ...Read more
IPL for Rosacea:
Intense pulsed light (ipl), or "photofacial", is an appropriate treatment for the redness of rosacea. A few treatments spaced approx. A month apart will be needed. A topical antibiotic like Metronidazole may be used in between sessions. Also, avoidance of triggers such as sun, heat, cold, spicy foods, and alcohol may help reduce redness.
http://www.dranthonycorrado.com/procedures/non-invasive. ...Read more
Depends on cause: With paralysis from a stroke or from a spinal cord injury, the mainstays of treatment start with physical and occupational therapy. The goal is to retrain the muscles and decrease disuse atrophy and spasticity (stiffness). There is a lot of research being done on stem cell transplants and electrocortical activation of prosthetics. We anxiously await their progress. ...Read more
No: Since there's very little standard treatment for rabies once the disease has begun, it's hard to talk about "alternative treatments." someone with rabies should be hospitalized. There have been a few cases of survival with an induced coma. The most important way to deal with rabies is to give human rabies immunoglobulin (hrig) and Rabies Vaccine after exposure, before the onset of disease. ...Read more
Yes, 3 :
There are 3 proven strategies for treating allergies. 1) avoidance works, although only a few allergens are easy to avoid. 2) medications. Nasal steroids are the most effective medications for most allergy symptoms.
3) allergy immunotherapy (allergy shots) — the only disease modifying therapy. Many patients can develop tolerance to their allergens after receiving allergy shots. ...Read more
Yes: Surgery is usually the last resort for most back problems except major trauma. Therapy, postural exercises, yoga, weight loss and/or exercise, gait training, job retraining, as well as meditatation (to relieve stress) are helpful adjucts. Note: not all back pain is created equal to please get check by a specialist. Note: beware of fad or gimmicky advertisements for back relief. Feel better. ...Read more
Alternative tx?: I don't know what you mean by "alternative treatments for schizophrenia". It you can tell me what they are — I will try to comment on each. Schizophrenia requires life-long treatment with use of atypical antipsychotics as the mainstay. Conventional neuroleptics are an option. Psychosocial treatments that go hand in hand with meds include: family therapy, social skills training & voc rehab. ...Read more
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