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Herpes zoster oticus

Other Names for this Disease
  • Hunt syndrome (formerly)
  • Hunt's syndrome (formerly)
  • Ramsay Hunt syndrome type 2 (formerly)
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How might herpes zoster oticus be treated?

Treatment for herpes zoster oticus typically includes anti-inflammatory drugs called steroids, which may reduce the inflammation of the nerves and help to ease the pain. Antiviral medications are usually 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 (feeling that the room is spinning) and dizziness may be treated with other medications.[1]
Last updated: 12/3/2010

  1. David C. Dugdale, III. Ramsay Hunt syndrome. MedlinePlus. May 5, 2010; Accessed 12/3/2010.

Medical Products

The medication(s) listed in the table(s) below have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of this condition. The FDA Office of Orphan Products Development designates "orphan products" for those that treat rare diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans. The table(s) below may not be an exhaustive list of drugs or products used to treat this condition. There may be other products available that are not considered orphan products. To search for all FDA approved drugs, visit Drugs@FDA. You can find orphan products used to treat other conditions by searching the Orphan Drug Product Designation database.

Generic Name Capsaicin
Trade Name
(Manufacturer Name)
(NeurogesX, Inc.)
The FDA has approved this product to be used in this manner.
Management of neuropathic pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia
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