Pop star Justin Bieber, 28, recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with a rare disease called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. The Ramsay Hunt Syndrome has caused partial paralysis to Justin Bieber’s face. The disease is caused by the virus called varicella-zoster which is also responsible for chicken pox and shingles.
He took it to Instagram to share the whole situation regarding his health. In the video which has more than 50 million views, he told his fans “The nerve in my ears, facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis. You can see this eye not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move.”
Ramsay Hunt syndrome symptoms
The symptoms can include a painful rash inside the canal of the ear, sometimes attacking the tongue and roof of the mouth. according to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, as there is the involvement of the inner ear, patients might suffer from vertigo (a sensation of dizziness or thing spinning around you), or tinnitus, a ringing in the ear.
Just like in the case of Justin Bieber the disease can also cause a hearing loss on the side of the affected face. It can also cause weakness, facial droop, or paralysis on the side of the face which gets affected.
The weakness may create difficulties to close one of the eyes. It may also disrupt facial expressions and can also make chewing food difficult, and food can also fall out from the weakened side of the face.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome Treatment
Treatment consists of steroids such as prednisone to reduce inflammation and pain. Sometimes, Antiviral medicines that help to cure the Herpes family such as valacyclovir or acyclovir can also help. According to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the full recovery is not certain and may take several months. The chances of recovery are higher when identified at an early stage.
Justin postpones 3 concerts due to health issues
The Grammy-winner health update came after he postponed two concerts in Toronto which are also a part of his Justice World Tour. A show in Washington, DC, on Friday, was also postponed. However, Bieber added, “I’m going to get better, I’m doing all these facial exercises to get my face back to normal. It’s just time, and we don’t know how much that’s going to be, but it’s going to be OK, and I have hope”.