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How Nutrition Can Help Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

November 18, 2013

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a painful rash around the ear that occurs when the vericella zoster virus infects a nerve in the head. The rash can also be on the eardrum, ear canal, earlobe, tongue and roof of the mouth. A weakness of the face on the same side of the rash can occur, along with vertigo and difficulty closing one eye.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome – What is the Cause?

The varicella zoster virus that causes Ramsay Hunt syndrome is the same virus that causes chickenpox (varicella) and shingles.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome – Treatment

Traditional treatment includes anti-inflammatory drugs – usually prednisone – are usually prescribed for 5 – 7 days. Antiviral medications, such as acyclovir or valacyclovir, can be given for 7 – 10 days, although the benefit of antiviral medications does not appear to be effective.

Prevention

Diet

Avoid:
 Sugar, processed food, white flour, alcohol, coffee, iced teas (herbal is okay) and citrus (during outbreaks). Diets high in sugar and simple carbohydrates affect immune function and can lead to outbreaks.

Consume:
 Wild salmon, pastured eggs, fresh organic vegetables and fruit, sauerkraut, goat yogurt, goat kefir, Kombucha, chicken, fish,nuts and seeds. Make sure to eat every 3-4 hours to keep your blood sugar level.

Stress

Manage stress through consistent sleep, eating healthy protein, fat and carbohydrates every 3-4 hours, exercise, laughter and relaxation.

Supplementation

1. VSL #3 Probiotic

70-80 percent of your immune system is in your digestive tract. If you take care of your digestive system by avoiding foods and drinks that lower immunity, while keeping your beneficial bacteria high, your immune system will keep the virus from becoming active.

2. Virgin Cod Liver Oil

Like probiotics, these vitamin A and D are needed in highly supply during a viral infection.

3. B-Complex Plus

Crucial for stress and keeping blood sugar level.

4. Vitamin C with Flavonoids

Powerful detoxifying agent and immune booster.

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