At New York Facial Paralysis, we treat patients with Ramsey Hunt Syndrome. This is a condition induced by infection of the geniculate ganglion of the facial nerve from the herpes zoster virus. The same virus that is responsible for chicken pox, which can resurface as a shingles rash, causes it. It can result in a painful rash in your ear and affect your facial nerve.
- Is Ramsey Hunt Syndrome Contagious?
- According to the Mayo Clinic, it is not contagious. Although if there is a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus it can cause chickenpox in people you come in contact with. If that person has not had chickenpox or been vaccinated for them, they may get that.
- What are some common signs and symptoms of Ramsey Hunt Syndrome?
- There are two signs that are most common, but not always present. Around your ear you may get a red rash with fluid-filled blisters. This is usually very painful and can also be accompanied by facial weakness or paralysis in that same region. Other less common signs are pain in your ear, hearing loss, tinnitus, difficulty closing one of your eyes, vertigo, dry mouth and eyes, and taste perception alteration.
- My child had chickenpox, could they get Ramsey Hunt Syndrome now?
- Ramsey Hunt Syndrome is very rare in children. It’s more common for an adult over 60 who have had chickenpox to develop it.
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