What are the characteristics of Herpes Zoster Oticus?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
If you have herpes zoster oticus, you may develop any of the following symptoms:
  • severe ear pain
  • a rash on the skin around the ears, mouth, face, or neck, or on your scalp
  • paralyzed nerves in the face
  • hearing loss
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • ringing in your ears
See your doctor promptly if you develop these symptoms, and talk with him or her about the causes and treatment of herpes zoster oticus. 

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.

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