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Mumbai: Pop sensation Justin Bieber surprised everyone when he revealed his health and fitness on Friday. He revealed that a viral illness had temporarily paralyzed part of his face. Due to this illness, he had to cancel his show. Describing his illness to his fans around the world, he revealed that the singer was battling a rare disease called “Ramsay Hunt Syndrome”.

In an Instagram video, Bieber (Justin Bieber with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome) said the virus had completely paralyzed the right side of his face. In the video, Justin can be heard saying, “As you can see, that eye isn’t blinking. I can’t smile on that side of my face…that part of my face is completely paralyzed.”

What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome? (What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?)

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a neurological disease in which a virus – varicella zoster – causes inflammation of the nerves involved in facial movements. When the nerves become inflamed, they lose their ability to function, temporarily paralyzing the face. This means that the infected person’s facial muscles are not receiving the signals they need to function properly.

What are the symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome? (What are the symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome?)

Talking about the symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome, there is pain, rashes and blisters in and around the ear. Apart from this, the patient also loses the ability to hear from the same side of the ear. Apart from these, there is also a complaint of inability to close eyes and dry eyes.

What is the virus responsible for Ramsay Hunt syndrome? (What is the virus that causes Ramsay Hunt syndrome?)

Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is a virus that also causes chickenpox and shingles. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, this virus belongs to the herpesvirus group and can live in the body as a latent infection. The virus can lie dormant in a person’s body and wake up to attack nerves.

According to doctors, VZV can become active again due to weakened immunity. Some research has claimed that one of the main reasons for this can also be stress, as it weakens immunity. Some reports also suggest that T-cell dysfunction caused by coronavirus infection can reactivate VZV.

How does the disease progress? (How does the disease progress?)

Initially, the patient may complain of facial weakness and slight difficulty closing one eye. The disease manifests itself completely in two to three days. However, prompt treatment can be helpful to prevent it from progressing quickly and reduce the risk of nerve damage.

How is Ramsay Hunt syndrome treated? (How is Ramsay Hunt syndrome treated?)

It is treated with antiviral drugs, steroids, and physiotherapy. Facial exercises are also very important. Patients should protect their eyes. When an eye is not closed, the chances of corneal problems increase. Patients should use teardrops and use eye protection. Wear glasses when going out and be blindfolded when sleeping at night

Is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome contagious? (Is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome contagious?)

The disease is not contagious, but chickenpox can occur in people who have not been vaccinated against the disease. Until the blisters appear, patients are advised to avoid contact with people with low immunity and who have not had chickenpox or been vaccinated against it.

Do patients fully recover from Ramsay Hunt syndrome? (Do patients fully recover from Ramsay Hunt syndrome?)

It is absolutely curable. Patients recover within 15 days to three months after starting treatment.

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first publication:June 12, 2022, 5:03 p.m.

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