Ramsay Hunt Syndrome - Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome?

The classic symptom that clinically distinguishes Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a red painful rash associated with blisters in the ears and facial paralysis (for example, eyelid or mouth) on one side of the face. Other symptoms such as ear pain, hearing loss, dizziness (or vertigo), dry eye, and changes in taste sensation may also occur.

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Comment from: contractor, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 13

I had complete paralysis on one side of my face due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome. No taste on one side and my eye on same side will not close. I was numb, but that has gone. Taste is back and some feeling in my lips. I wonder if I can expect any more recovery.

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Comment from: Elvi, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I had Ramsay Hunt syndrome 2 years ago. I had terrible pain in my throat for a week. The doctor thought it was tonsillitis and gave antibiotics, no good. After a week the right side of my face was paralyzed. I was taken to the hospital and given 12 steroids a day, as well as calcium tablets and stomach liners. I lost 1 1/2 stone in 4 weeks. Steroids soon did their work and my face was better in about 2 weeks. Everything recovered except I am left permanently with vertigo and a dodgy throat. All in all very lucky to be able to carry on as normal.

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