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Medicine For Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
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 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 in the external ear canal. Symptoms may include tinnitus (ringing in the ear), vertigo, deafness plus the facial weakness. ...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
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
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
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
Too long: The acute symptoms of ramsey hunt should be over within a few weeks. What you have sounds is more a 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: 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 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
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 close proximity to the facial nerve can be affected by vzv. Focus is on differential diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Ramsay Hunt syndrome: RHS is due to a viral herpes zoster infection - also called shingles, in which the virus affects the facial nerve near the ear. There can also be a painful skin rash around the ear. In addition there can be facial weakness and sometimes hearing loss in the ear on the infected side. ...Read more
First, confirm the accuracy of the diagnosis, since there are a number of causes of face pain. It would be helpful to see a neurologist to confirm. Second, see the national library of medicine entry about this syndrome.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002613/. ...Read more
Ramsay Hunt: Ramsay hunt syndrome is an acute peripheral facial neuropathy associated with erythematous vesicular rash of the skin of the ear canal and ear. It is usually quite painful due to the neuritis. It is usually due to the herpes zoster virus and can be treated with anti-viral medications and a medication for the pain. ...Read more
Herpes zoster: You are recovering from an infection by the very virus which can cause shingles elsewhere, and depending upon the extent of healing, might become asymptomatic within the next 4-6 weeks. Drugs such as gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) cymbalta, may help a lot. Rarely, post-herpetic neuralgia can persist longer, but unusual in my experience to see in ramsay-hunt syndrome. ...Read more
I've had ramsay hunt on left side 4 last month am feeling better now. Noticed a painful bump on lower left jaw since 10 days. A related symptom?
Is there any use 4 taking acyclovir after three weeks of symptoms. At 1st diagnosed w/bell's palsy now severe pain, maybe herpes oticus or ramsay hunt?
Probably not: It might be too late for acyclovir. You might benefit from anti-inflamatory drugs and analgesics for pain. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor and she or he will help you. Either way, all of these drugs require a prescription. In addition, you might be referred to a neurologist for further evaluation. ...Read more