The most visible symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome are a shingles rash near one or both ears and abnormal Paralysis in the face. With this syndrome, facial Paralysis is noticeable on the side of the face that’s affected by the shingles rash. When your face is paralyzed, the muscles may feel harder or impossible to control, as if they’ve lost their strength.
A shingles rash can be spotted by its red, pus-filled blisters. When you have Ramsay Hunt syndrome, the rash may be inside, outside, or around the ear. In some cases, the rash can also appear in your mouth, especially on the roof of your mouth or top of your throat. In other cases, you may not have a visible rash at all, but still have some Paralysis in your face.
Other common symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome include:
- Pain in your affected ear
- Pain in your neck
- ringing noise in your ear, also called tinnitus
- hearing loss
- trouble closing the eye on the affected side of your face
- decreased sense of taste
- a feeling like the room is spinning, also called vertigo
- slightly slurred speech