What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome and why does it concern Justin Bieber?

Justin Bieber is suffering from a rare condition that has resulted in him being completely paralyzed on one side of his face.

Last week, Canadian singer canceled all of his upcoming shows, and now he has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

Singer Bareilles says that she has “a virus from the nerve in my ear and facial nerves,” which is why she cannot open her mouth or move her face.

“I have these facial deformities and one of my eye isn’t blinking. My nostril will not move and I can’t smile on this side of my face.”

What’s Ramsay Hunt syndrome?

A rare neurological disorder is Ramsay Hunt syndrome. This disease only occurs when someone has had chickenpox in the past.

If someone comes down with shingles, the other symptoms may include paralysis on one side of their face, loss of hearing and facial nerve damage.

For example, symptoms of the condition could include blisters in the ears or the roof of the mouth.

There as been an estimate that about 5 in 100,000 people in the United States are affected by Ramsay Hunt syndrome. Older adults are more likely to be affected.

How is Ramsay Hunt syndrome diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose the syndrome, a person usually needs a detailed medical history and identifying symptoms like the rash and facial paralysis.

NORD can be difficult, but symptoms may not appear at the same time. It’s possible that in some cases the rash will be completely absent, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Once Ramsay Hunt syndrome is diagnosed, antivirals and steroids are recommended as treatment.

How common is Ramsay Hunt syndrome?

Prompt treatment of a viral infection can make a significant difference, with about 70 percent of those who receive antiviral medication within three days of developing symptoms making a full recovery.

If this doesn’t happen, the chances of a complete reversal of symptoms falls to 50%.

Most cases of shingles resolve within a month but some people may have more severe nerve damage, which means they’ll need to recover for longer and have a lower chance of being 100% back to health.

Bieber has been focusing on resting and doing facial exercises to help his recovery. It will eventually go back to normal, but there is no set time frame for when that will happen.

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