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Types of Pain and Problems

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome consists of motor paralysis, facial palsy, and vertigo secondary to infection. This usually occurs after an infection with Herpes Zoster. This infection gets re-activated and can affect the facial nerve. Other symptoms include a painful, blister-like rash on ears and inside the throat, difficulty hearing, difficulty with balance, and ear pain. If one experiences these type symptoms, they should seek medical care immediately. A thorough history and examination by a health care provider can make this diagnosis, but sometimes further testing is necessary. Treatment options include anti-viral medications, corticosteroids, and pain medications. Sometimes, Botox injections may be beneficial. Depending on the length of time the facial nerve gets irritated, it may take months for full recovery. If damage to the facial nerve is significant, full recovery may not be possible.