Herpes zoster oticus

Are there certain foods that could make the symptoms of herpes zoster oticus better or worse?

We were unable to locate any information about the affects of diet on the symptoms of herpes zoster oticus.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through the National Library of Medicine, developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members, and members of the public with current information on clinical research studies. While no studies specifically involving dietary treatment for herpes zoster oticus are listed at this time, there are a number of studies involving other treatments for shingles that are enrolling patients. To find these trials, click on the link above and use "shingles AND treatment" as your search term.

Last updated on 05-01-20

What is herpes zoster oticus?

Herpes zoster oticus is a common complication of shingles, an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus (which is the virus that also causes chickenpox). Shingles occurs in people who have had chickenpox and in whom the varicella-zoster virus becomes active again. Herpes zoster oticus is caused by the spread of the virus to facial nerves and can cause intense ear pain; a rash around the ear, mouth, face, neck, and scalp; and paralysis of the face. Other symptoms may include hearing loss, vertigo (feeling that the room is spinning), tinnitus (hearing abnormal sounds), nausea, vomiting, loss of taste in the tongue, and dry mouth and eyes. Some cases of herpes zoster oticus do not require treatment, but when treatment is needed, pain medications, antiviral drugs or corticosteroids may be prescribed. Vertigo is sometimes treated with medication as well. The prognosis of herpes zoster oticus is typically good, but in some cases hearing loss or facial paralysis may be permanent.

Last updated on 05-01-20

How might herpes zoster oticus be treated?

Prompt treatment of herpes zoster oticus is important for symptom relief and long-term outlook. Treatment typically includes anti-inflammatory drugs called steroids, which may reduce the inflammation of the nerves and help to ease the pain. Antiviral medications, such as acyclovir or valacyclovir, are often prescribed, although whether antiviral medications are beneficial for treating this condition has not been confirmed. Strong pain medications may be prescribed if the pain continues. An eye patch may be recommended to prevent injury to the cornea (corneal abrasion) and damage to the eye if it does not close completely. Vertigo and dizziness may be treated with other medications.

Last updated on 05-01-20

Name: The Center for Peripheral Neuropathy Department of Neurology University of Chicago
5841 S. Maryland Ave MC 2030
Chicago, IL, 60637, United States
Url: http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchicago.edu/
Name: National Shingles Foundation 603 West 115 St. Suite 371
New York, NY, 10025, United States
Phone: 212-222-3390 Fax : 212-222-8627 Email: shingles@shinglesfoundation.org Url: http://www.vzvfoundation.org/

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