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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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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