A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome
I had a question the other day about Ramsay-Hung syndrome.
Ramsay-Hunt syndrome happens when a shingles infection affects the facial nerve near one of your ears.
In addition to the painful shingles rash, Ramsay-Hunt syndrome can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear.
Ramsay-Hunt syndrome is caused by the same virus causing chickenpox.
After chickenpox heals, the virus lies dormant in your body.
Years later, it may reactivate.
If the virus reactivates and affects your facial nerve, the result is Ramsay-Hunt syndrome.
The 2 main signs are:
>A painful red rash with fluid-filled blisters on, in and around one ear
>Facial weakness or paralysis on the same side as the affected ear
Usually, the rash and facial paralysis develop at the same time.
But sometimes one happens before the other.
Sometimes the rash never materializes.
If you have Ramsay-Hunt syndrome, you might also have:
>Ringing in your ears
>Difficulty closing one eye
>A sensation of spinning or moving
>A change in taste perception or loss of taste
Anyone who’s had chickenpox can develop Ramsay-Hunt syndrome.
But it’s more common in older adults, typically affecting people older than 60.
Ramsay-Hunt syndrome is rare in children.
It isn’t contagious.
But, reactivation of the virus can cause chickenpox in people you come in contact with if they haven’t previously had chickenpox or been vaccinated for chickenpox.
Prompt treatment of Ramsay-Hunt syndrome can reduce your risk of complications, which can include permanent facial muscle weakness and deafness.
To deal with Ramsay-Hunt syndrome it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Alfalfa, chamomile, and dandelion promote healing by helping to restore your body’s normal acid/alkaline balance. Dandelion also helps to detoxify and support your liver. A cool chamomile compress can help soothe blisters. (Don’t use chamomile if you’re allergic to ragweed. Don’t use during pregnancy or nursing. Don’t use if you’re taking warfarin or cyclosporine.)
*Astragalus root boosts immune function (don’t use if you have a fever).
*Cayenne relieves pain and helps healing. It also acts as a detoxifier. Cayenne is available in tablet and capsule form.
*Green tea has antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. The polyphenols it contains have been found to fight herpes viruses.
*Olive leaf extract helps fight the virus.
*Include in your diet brewer’s yeast, brown rice, garlic, raw fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
*Eat plenty of foods containing vitamin B6, including bananas, nuts, potatoes, and sweet potatoes.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Eliminate all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Keep stress to a minimum. Stress reduces your immune system’s effectiveness in fighting off infection.
*Avoid drafts. Allow the affected area to be exposed to sunlight for 15 minutes each day. Wash the blisters gently when bathing, and otherwise avoid touching or scratching them.
*Try using essential oils.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress management and energy techniques.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy or add baking soda to bath water.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Become educated about all possible side effects of any medications or treatment procedures you’re taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they’re neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.
*Consider 180 Energizing Tea.
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