Justin Bieber announced in his instagram account on Friday that he suffers from Ramsay Hunt syndrome. Which forced him to cancel the rest of the tour. But what was a strange disease that could paralyze one side of his face?
Ramsay Hunt’s syndrome is a complication of shingles that occurs when an outbreak affects the facial nerve in the ear. In addition to paralysis of the face, it can cause hearing loss. This syndrome is “usually accompanied by other cranial nerve injuries”, we can read on Orpha.net. The site states that patients “have a painful erythematous vesicular rash affecting the outer and inner parts of the ear” and facial paralysis on both sides.
Other common clinical signs include hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, nausea, vomiting and nystagmus (involuntary rhythmic flicker of one or both eyes).
Ramsay-Hunt syndrome type 2 has an annual incidence of 3.2 to 4.2 cases per 1,000 people, according to a report published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), the results of which are published in Actualité Canada.
The Canadian website received the opinion of Dr. Kashif Pirzada, emergency doctor. “It usually affects people with impaired immune systems and the elderly,” says the expert. He said it was “very unusual” for anyone aged Justin Bieber to have this syndrome.
This Ramsay-Hunt syndrome is usually treated with antivirals. “A full recovery can take place within weeks.”
“It can be a little disturbing, it can change your voice. It can cause dizziness, dizziness, balance problems and hearing problems.”
According to the CMAJ, if treatment is started within three days of diagnosis, paresis or paresis, “75% will resolve itself”. If treatment is started between 4 and 7 days after diagnosis or more than 8 days, “the pair is actually resolved by 48 and 30 percent.”
In the worst cases, however, “some people can no longer have the affected part of the face completely under control,” the doctor said. But most people recover fully, he adds.
The “Peaches” singer said he does facial exercises and takes time to “rest and relax and get back to 100 percent.”