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What is the prognosis for Herpes zoster oticus?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
There is plenty of reason for optimism if you develop herpes zoster oticus, a complication of shingles. The prognosis is generally promising for people with this condition. Your symptoms may not be serious enough to require treatment. If you do need treatment, your doctor can prescribe antiviral or corticosteroid medications that can help. There is one possible downside: In some cases, hearing loss caused by herpes zoster oticus may be permanent.

Talk with your doctor about treatments that might be right for you. 

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