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Ramsay Hunt Syndrome – Homeopathy Can Help

Ramsay Hunt syndrome arises when shingles ( a viral infection in which painful skin rash with blisters appears in a localized area) affects the facial nerve close to one of the ears. In case of this syndrome ear pain, facial paralysis (loss of facial movement due to nerve damage causing loss of control over facial muscles) and hearing loss can occur in the affected ear along with the painful skin rash. This syndrome is also known by the name of herpes zoster oticus. Homeopathic medicines for Ramsay Hunt Syndrome help manage its symptoms including earache, facial weakness, tinnitus, vertigo. Homeopathic medicines for Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

It is caused by a virus named varicella zoster virus (VZV). It is the same virus that causes chickenpox. This virus after initial exposure causes chicken pox. A person after recovery from chickenpox still carries this virus in the nerves in a dormant manner. This virus can reactivate any time years later and cause shingles on any of the body area including the face.

Anyone who has a history of chickenpox carries the virus and can develop this syndrome. But people who are  aged above 6o yrs and those having weak immunity with a history of chickenpox are at risk. It occurs rarely in children. Ramsay Hunt syndrome isn’t contagious by itself. But a person having this virus on reactivation of it can cause chickenpox in people who don’t have a history of chickenpox or have not been vaccinated for it. 

Symptoms 

The first main sign that arises in this syndrome is a red painful skin rash with blisters (fluid – filled bumps) inside the ear, outside or around the ear. Next main symptom is facial weakness or facial paralysis that occur on the same side of the affected ear. Most of the time both rash and the facial paralysis happen at same time but in some cases they may occur one after the other. In some of the cases the rash can also appear in the mouth mostly on the roof of your mouth. while in some cases no rash over the skin appears.

Other symptoms that can arise in it includes ear pain on the affected side, hearing loss, ringing noises in the ears (tinnitus), difficulty in closing eye on the affected side, vertigo ( sensation of spinning), neck pain, dryness in the mouth or drooling, dryness of the eyes, decreased sense of taste, change in perception of taste, hyperacusis (means louder sound perception on the affected side) and little slurring of speech. The sensory function of the face is unaffected and only its motor function means movement is affected.

Complications

If it is not treated well in time then it can lead to some complications. Its first complication is postherpetic neuralgia (it refers to pain that last for months together after the shingles rash has healed due to damage to the affected nerves. The pain is attended with sensitivity to touch the affected area). Next complication is permanent hearing loss, facial weakness or facial paralysis. Last complication is damage to the eye (this results from difficulty in closing the eyelid from muscle weakness that can lead to eye dryness and damage the cornea causing eye pain and blurred vision).

Homeopathic Medicines for Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Homeopathic medicines play a good role in managing signs and symptoms of this syndrome. These medicines manage this condition naturally by boosting the natural defence mechanism of the body to fight with viral infection. These medicines can be taken along with conventional treatment for supportive help to heal the eruptions and manage its symptoms including earache, facial weakness, tinnitus, vertigo. It is recommended to use any of the homeopathic medicine for managing it after consulting a homeopathic physician. In case of severe complications it is suggested to take help from conventional mode of treatment independently.

  1. Mezereum – For blisters with brown scabs

It is a natural medicine prepared from fresh bark (gathered just before the plant flowers) of plant Daphne mezereum commonly known as Spurge Olive. It belongs to family thymelaceae. It is a well indicated medicine for treating blisters on the skin. In cases needing it the blisters are covered with brownish scab. There is itching on the affected skin. After scratching burning is felt on the skin. These symptoms worsen from touch and in bed. Pain is also marked with these symptoms. Lastly it is a valuable medicine to manage nerve pain that persist even after healing of the blisters (post herpetic neuralgia).

  1. Rhus Tox – For fluid filled blisters 

This medicine is prominent for cases in which there are fluid filled blisters on skin. These are itchy. In cases that require it initially itching and burning begin. This worsens from touching or moving the affected parts. A sensation of needles piercing the skin is also felt. Following this blisters appear on the red and inflamed skin. Other than blisters it also offers help to manage neck pain. 

  1. Causticum – To manage facial weakness and facial paralysis

This is a top listed medicine for managing cases of facial weakness and facial paralysis. Drooling of saliva is there where it is required. This gets worse after eating. Persons needing it also have herpetic eruptions on the ear – lobe and behind the ears. Next they may also have ringing or roaring noises in the ears. 

  1. Sepia – For herpes behind ears and on lobe of ears

Use of this medicine is considered for cases having herpetic eruptions behind  the ears and on the lobe of the ears. In some cases these eruptions may spread to the nape of the neck. Sometimes humming noises in the ears may be present. Next there can be stitching type of pain in the ears. Lastly, over sensitivity to noise may be there.

  1. Oleander – For eruptions in and around the ears

It is prepared from leaves of plant Nerium Oleander having the common name Rose Laurel. It belongs to the family apocynaceae. It is helpful medicine when herpes eruptions occur in and around the ears. There may be oozing from these eruptions. These may be itchy too. They may also be sensitive to touch.

  1. Merc Sol – For eruptions burning when touched

This medicine is beneficial when the eruptions burn on being touched. These eruptions are small and transparent containing watery fluid. These are attended with large scales on the edges. The eruptions have itching in them. In some cases the eruptions form dry spots or crusts. Along with above symptoms stitching, tearing or burning pains may be felt in the ear. This pain may extend to the cheek also.

  1. Kreosote – When ear herpes relieves from warmth

This medicine is used when there are herpetic eruptions in ears that are relieved from warmth. There is a tendency of worsening of the eruptions in the evening time where it is required. It may also worsen in the open air. In some of the cases needing it the herpes may also be present on the eyelids, cheeks and around the mouth.

  1. Teucrium – For dry herpes with white scales

This medicine is prepared from fresh plant Teucrium Marum verum belonging to the family labiatae. It is a significant medicine for managing cases where the eruptions are dry and covered with white scales. For using this medicine the eruptions can be present on and behind the ears. Along with this tearing, shooting or lancinating pain in the ear can be there. Other than this hissing or roaring noises can be heard in the ears.

  1. Psorinum – When herpes spread from side of head over the ears and cheek

This medicine is useful when the herpes eruptions spread from side of the head over the ears and cheeks. The eruptions can discharge yellow fluid. These eruptions are painful. Sometimes there can be excessive scaling over the eruptions. The eruptions may also itch intolerably. Lastly there may be humming or buzzing noises felt in the ears. 

  1. Graphites – Another medicine for managing facial paralysis

It is yet another indicated medicine for managing case of facial paralysis. The face muscles are distorted where it is required. With this difficulty in speech is present. 

  1. Belladonna – To manage ear pain 

This medicine is prepared from plant deadly nightshade. This plant belongs to family solanaceae. It is a very effective medicine for managing ear pain. Persons needing it may have tearing, stitching or shooting pain in the ears. It may be accompanied with difficulty in hearing. In some cases there occurs roaring, humming in the ears. The roaring may be attended with vertigo.

  1. Chininum Sulph – To manage noises in ear

It is a great medicine for managing noises in the ear. Most cases needing it have ringing, buzzing or roaring noises in the ear. This can be accompanied with difficulty in hearing. 

  1. Conium – For managing vertigo

It proves highly beneficial for managing vertigo episodes. The key features for using it are vertigo felt when turning the head or when lying in the bed. For using it the vertigo may also worsen from slight noise. 

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