pop singer Justin Beiber In an Instagram post, Friday, he announced that he had Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a rare condition that causes partial facial paralysis. The 28-year-old also said he’s canceling his upcoming tour dates because “physically, he’s clearly not able to do it.”
“You see, this eye doesn’t blink, I can’t smile on this side of my face, that nostril won’t move,” Mr. Bieber explained in an Instagram video.
He did not give a timeline estimating his recovery.
What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
According to the US government’s National Library of Medicine, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a neurological condition caused by the varicella-zoster virus that affects the nerves involved in facial movements. It is also known as auricular herpes zoster.
Varicella zoster is the same virus that causes chickenpox in children and herpes zoster in adults.
When nerves become inflamed, they lose their ability to function properly, which can lead to facial paralysis or paralysis.
The disease can also cause a painful, blistering rash that affects the ears and mouth.
What are the symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
Signs and symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome can include pain, dizziness, hearing loss, sensitivity to sound, tinnitus (chronic ringing in the ears), and loss of taste, according to the disease and death report published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.
Additional symptoms include a change in the sense of taste, dry eyes, lacrimation, hyperacusis, stuffy nose, and dysarthria.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is the second most common cause of facial paralysis, according to the National Library of Medicine. She said early and correct treatment must be done to avoid complications, such as permanent dysfunction of the facial nerve.
The disease develops rapidly and is fully manifested within two to three days. While the patient may initially complain of difficulty closing the eye and facial weakness, it can lead to permanent weakness and long-term complications if not treated quickly.
Studies have shown that people who received treatment within the first three days of diagnosis made a full recovery.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome treatment
The most common treatments for Ramsay Hunt syndrome are medications that treat a virus infection. There are some cases where patients have been given steroids as well.
Patients are also required to undergo physical therapy so that the movement of the affected part is not severely restricted.
Antihistamines can help treat vertigo symptoms, such as dizziness or feeling like a room is spinning, according to Healthline. She added that eye drops or similar fluids can help keep your eye moist and prevent corneal damage.