What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome and its symptoms, Justin Bieber diagnosed
Justin Bieber postponed a number of concerts before admitting on social media that he has Ramsay Hunt syndrome. Bieber, 28, revealed the news in an Instagram video on Friday, showing his the right side of his face was paralyzed.
What exactly is the Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
Ramsay Hunt syndrome occurs when a shingles epidemic damages the facial nerve near one ear, according to Mayo Clinic. Ramsay Hunt syndrome can include facial paralysis and hearing loss in the afflicted ear, in addition to the severe shingles outbreak. Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, according to the Mayo Clinic. The virus remains in your nerves after chickenpox has healed. It could be reawakening years later. It can harm your facial nerves if this happens. Ramsay Hunt syndrome can be treated early to lessen the risk of sequelae, such as irreversible facial muscle paralysis and hearing.
Symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is characterized by a painful red rash with fluid-filled blisters on, in, and around one ear, as well as facial weakness or paralysis on the same side as the affected ear, according to Mayo Clinic.
Ear pain, hearing loss, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), difficulty shutting one eye, a sensation of spinning or moving (vertigo), a change in taste perception or lack of taste, or dry mouth and eyes are all symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome. If you have facial paralysis or a shingles outbreak on your face, consult your doctor, according to Mayo Clinic. Treatment that begins three days after the onset of symptoms may assist to prevent long-term problems.