However, you can spread the varicella-zoster virus from the time that your symptoms start until your rash and blisters have crusted dry. If you have shingles and are otherwise healthy, you can still go out in public or to work. But you should be sure to follow these tips: Keep the shingles rash clean and covered.
Hereof, can you get shingles in your ear?
Ramsay Hunt syndrome (herpes zoster oticus) occurs when a shingles outbreak 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. After chickenpox clears, the virus lies dormant in your nerves.
What are the symptoms of internal shingles?
Internal shingles shares many symptoms with shingles on the skin, including:
- muscle aches.
- numbness and tingling.
- itching and burning sensations, especially where the rash appears.
- swelling of the lymph nodes, a sign that your body's immune system is fighting the virus.
What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome and what causes it?
It is caused by reactivation of herpes zoster virus that has previously caused chickenpox in the patient. Ramsay Hunt syndrome results in paralysis of the facial muscles on the same side of the face as the infection. So, the virus infects the facial nerve that normally controls the muscles on one side of the face.