What are the treatments for herpes zoster oticus?

Some cases of herpes zoster oticus do not require treatment. When treatment is needed, medications such as antiviral drugs or corticosteroids may be prescribed. Vertigo may be treated with the drug diazepam.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you develop herpes zoster oticus and have mild symptoms, your doctor may determine that you don't require any treatment. However, medications are available to treat more severe symptoms. Your doctor will probably instruct you to take drugs called steroids for five to seven days. Steroids treat the symptoms of herpes zoster oticus by lowering inflammation. If these medications don't control your discomfort, you may also receive a prescription for strong pain killers. In addition, your doctor may also ask you to take antiviral medication such as acyclovir or valacyclovir. If you are experiencing dizziness associated with herpes zoster oticus, physicians typically prescribe the drug diazepam.

Your doctor can determine which treatment is right for you.

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