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Justin Bieber, the pop singer, has revealed that a viral disease known as Ramsay Hunt syndrome has left his face mostly paralyzed. Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox and shingles, varicella-zoster.
In a YouTube video posted Friday, he informed supporters that the virus had struck “My face is paralyzed due to a nerve in my ear and facial nerves. This eye does not blink, as you can see. On this side of my face, I can’t smile. This nostril is not going to move.”
Ramsay Hunt syndrome develops when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the skull near the inner ear. The virus can lie dormant in the body after having chickenpox as a child or shingles as an adult. It is unknown why the virus reactivates and causes Ramsay Hunt’s symptoms.
According to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, symptoms include a painful rash inside and outside the ear canal, as well as the tongue and roof of the mouth. In addition, people with the illness may experience vertigo (a feeling of disorientation or everything spinning around you) or tinnitus (a ringing in the ear) as a result of the inner ear involvement.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome can also result in hearing loss on the affected side of the face. It can also induce weakness, facial drooping, or paralysis on the side of the face infected by the virus, similar to Bieber.
Food can fall out of the side of the weakened mouth, causing difficulties closing one eye, creating facial expressions, and eating.
Steroids, such as prednisone, are used to relieve inflammation, as well as painkillers. In addition, antiviral drugs for the herpes family, such as acyclovir or valacyclovir, may be administered at times.
Bieber promised followers that he would “get well” and that he was performing “facial workouts to bring my face back to normal.”
“It will get back to normal — it’s just a matter of time, and we don’t know how much time,” he added in the video. “My body is clearly urging me to slow down. I hope you understand, and I’ll be taking advantage of this time to rest and relax before returning to 100 percent “recent
Full recovery is not guaranteed, according to Mount Sinai. Some others, on the other hand, recover in a matter of months. So the sooner it’s detected, the better the chances of recovery.