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What should I do if I have shingles on or around my ears?

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See your doctor as soon as possible if you get shingles on or around your ears. If you don’t get treated, it can lead to Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which can cause:

This condition is rare, but with early treatment, you have a good chance of full recovery.

  • Dizziness and other balance problems
  • Earaches
  • Hearing loss
  • Loss of ability to move parts of your face
  • Ringing in your ear, called “tinnitus”

From: What Problems Can Shingles Cause? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles.”

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Shingles: Hope Through Research.”

NIH Senior Health: “Shingles.”

National Institute on Aging: “Shingles,” “How Long Does Shingles Last?”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles.”

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Shingles: Hope Through Research.”

NIH Senior Health: “Shingles.”

National Institute on Aging: “Shingles,” “How Long Does Shingles Last?”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

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