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Everything We Know About Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Ramsay Hunt disorder is a neurological condition brought about by varicella-zoster infection, 

THE VERY INFECTION THAT CAUSES CHICKENPOX IN KIDS AND SHINGLES IN GROWN-UPS.

The virus can linger in your body for your

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Even long after you have recovered from chickenpox, and reawaken to irritate and inflame the nerves in your face.

“The nerves that go through your face go through pretty narrow, bony canals, and when they’re inflamed they swell and lose the ability to function.”

Dr. Anna Wald infectious disease specialist

The illness influences people similarly and can bring about loss of motion on one side of the face and difficult, rankling rashes.

Image Credit: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education & Research

Treatment for Ramsay Hunt normally includes taking anti-viral medicine.

Some patients may also be prescribed a steroid.

Physical therapy is not usually recommended for patients.

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