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shingles and ear ache
An_187774 posted:
I finished my course of famciclovir, but have a persistent earache. (prior to treatment, and 2 days post treatment.) I'm used neomycin, polymyxin B sulfates ,hydrocortisone otic drops that I had for swimmers ear 1 day, 2x.
I was advised that I'll probably need to go back on the antiviral if the ear problem persists.

Any other ear specific solution? How long with the drops before a 2nd course of antiviral? Thanks.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
I have some questions for you first....

1. Where were the shingles?

2. Did the doctor tell you that your ear pain was directly or indirectly caused by the shingles?

3. Why did you use the swimmer's ear drops? Were they specifically recommended by your doctor?
age72 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
The Dr does not know if the pain is direct, or indirect. But if it is direct I will suffer hearing loss.

Location: V1 branch of the 5th cranial nerve with possilbe extension to the ear--. L side of face and head.

The drops (I had them before for reacurring swimmers ear) were perscribed by the Dr who said no harm would come from using them.

The cornea was not involved. There are no visible lesions on the external ear.

My Dr is hesitant is to perscribe another course of antiviral since nothing is visable, and says I have an external otitis. Thanks for your response.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to age72's response:
Read about Ramsay-Hunt Syndrome....

There is really no problem remaining on the anti-viral meeds if your doctor agrees.