What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome, which paralysed half of Justin Bieber’s face?

Canadian pop-star Justin Bieber has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome. Half of his face has paralysed with this syndrome. Here know what is Ramsay Hunt syndrome, its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

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Justin Bieber has been diagnosed with a rare Ramsay Hunt syndrome. (Photo:-twitter)

Canadian pop-star Justin Bieber has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome. He took to instagram to reveal this to his fans on June 11. Half of his face has paralysed with this syndrome. “As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face, this nostril will not move,” Bieber said in a video.

He cancelled his world tour due to this syndrome. “I’m physically, obviously, not capable of doing them. This is pretty serious, as you can see,” he said further.

He also explained that alongwith doing facial exercises, he is taking time to rest and relax. He captioned the video, “IMPORTANT PLEASE WATCH. I love you guys and keep me in your prayers”

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What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome?

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that occurs when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head. Varicella-zoster is the same virus that causes chickenpox and shingles. Chickenpox is mostly found in children while shingles in adults.

How is Ramsay Hunt syndrome diagnosed?

Blood tests and skin tests for varicella-zoster virus are conducted to diagnose this syndrome. In some cases, MRI of the head is also conducted.

What are the symptoms of this syndrome?

Facial paralysis, severe pain in the ear, difficulty in closing one eye, difficulty in eating and hearing loss.

How can it be treated?

Patients of this syndrome is given antiviral medicines and anti-inflammatory drugs called steroids. They are also suggested to wear any eye patch to prevent injury to the cornea.

Can it be treated permanently?

If there is no much damage to the nerve, it can get better within a few weeks. If there is severe damage, it may take several months to get better. If the syndrome is diagnosed within 3 days, it can be treated permanently.

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