Blood glucose level testing at the time of Bell's palsy assessment may detect undiagnosed diabetes. The treatment used will depend upon the apparent cause and severity of the condition. Corticosteroid medications, such as prednisone, are often given to help reduce inflammation in the nerve. These are most effective when given early in the course of the condition. Some medical research has shown that antiviral medications such as aciclovir, or a combination of a corticosteroid and an antiviral medication may also help to speed recovery. However, the role of antiviral medications in Bell's palsy remains unclear.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
Prevention Postherpetic neuralgia is a painful condition that affects the nerve fibers and skin. It is a complication of shingles, and shingles is a complication of chicken pox. If the pain caused by shingles continues after the bout of shingles is over, it is known as post-herpetic neuralgia PHN. It is estimated that about 1 in 5 patients with shingles will go on to have PHN.
Shingles in or around the eye can be serious. This form of shingles is estimated to account for 20 percent of cases. Shingles in the eye tends to show up either inside the eyelid or on the surface of the eyeball. But in some cases, shingles in the eye can go deeper than the surface and lead to permanent vision problems, like glaucoma , a disease that damages your optic nerve. In very rare cases, it could lead to blindness.
Facial nerve Facial nerve The nerve that controls your facial muscles passes through a narrow corridor of bone on its way to your face. Ramsay Hunt syndrome herpes zoster oticus occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears. In addition to the painful shingles rash, Ramsay Hunt syndrome can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear. Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After chickenpox clears, the virus lies dormant in your nerves.