Herpes zoster oticus
Other Names for this Disease
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome type 2 (formerly)
- Hunt's syndrome (formerly)
- Hunt syndrome (formerly)
- Ramsay Hunt syndrome
- Facial nerve palsy due to herpes zoster infection
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Treatment for herpes zoster oticus typically includes anti-inflammatory drugs called steroids, which may reduce the inflammation of the nerves and help to ease the pain. Antiviral medications are usually prescribed, although whether antiviral medications are beneficial for treating this condition has not been confirmed. Strong pain medications may be prescribed if the pain continues. An eye patch may be recommended to prevent injury to the cornea (corneal abrasion) and damage to the eye if it does not close completely. Vertigo (feeling that the room is spinning) and dizziness may be treated with other medications.
Last updated: 12/3/2010
- David C. Dugdale, III. Ramsay Hunt syndrome. MedlinePlus. May 5, 2010; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001647.htm. Accessed 12/3/2010.
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