Ramsay Hunt syndrome is (also termed Hunt's syndrome and herpes zoster oticus) is a herpes zoster virus infection of the part of the facial nerve.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome results in paralysis of the facial muscles on the same side of the face as the infection, including eyelid and mouth paralysis. It is also typically associated with a blistering, painful, red rash in or around the ear and eardrum and sometimes on the roof of the mouth or tongue. Other associated symptoms can include
- ear pain,
- hearing loss,
- dry eyes, and
- changes in taste sensation.
Cause of Ramsay Hunt syndrome
Reactivation of a herpes zoster virus infection that previously caused chickenpox in the affected person causes Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
Other ramsay hunt syndrome symptoms and signs
- Blistering, Painful Red Rash in or Around the Ear, Roof of Mouth, or Tongue
- Changes in Taste Sensation
- Dry Eyes
- Ear Pain
- Hearing Loss
- Paralysis of Facial Muscles on the Same Side of the Face as the Infection
Main Article on Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Symptoms and Signs
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