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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Ramsay Hunt Type II: is caused by reactivation of the Varicella or Chickenpox virus in the geniculate ganglion, a collection of 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
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