- Patient Comments: Ramsay Hunt Syndrome - Treatments
- Patient Comments: Ramsay Hunt Syndrome - Symptoms
- Patient Comments: Ramsay Hunt Syndrome - Complications
- What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome? What causes it?
- What are the symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
- How is Ramsay Hunt syndrome diagnosed?
- Is Ramsay Hunt syndrome contagious?
- How does Ramsay Hunt syndrome compare with Bell's palsy?
- How is Ramsay Hunt syndrome treated or prevented?
- What is the outlook (prognosis) for patients with Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
- Where can I find more information about Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
What is the outlook (prognosis) for patients with Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
The prognosis for Ramsay Hunt syndrome is not as good as that for Bell's palsy. There is good clinical evidence to suggest that treatment with steroids, pain medications, and antiviral agents (like acyclovir, valacyclovir or famciclovir) improve recovery and lessen the extreme facial discomfort. However, infrequent complications can develop, such as synkinesis (inappropriate nerve responses such as blinking or tear formation while trying to talk), eye damage, or rarely, viral spread to other nerves causing many other problems (for example, pain, confusion, weakness). Postherpetic neuralgia (pain due to nerve fiber damage by the virus) may also develop and persist for months to years.
Where can I find more information about Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease
Albrecht, Mary A., MD. "Clinical manifestations of varicella-zoster virus infection: Herpes zoster." UptoDate.com. Updated Aug. 2, 2016.