Ramsay Hunt Syndrome: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 5/12/2020

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

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

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