Justin Bieber has Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a rare infectious disease that paralyzes his face. Here is everything you need to know about this pathology.
This Friday, June 10, Justin Bieber announced the suspension of his world tour. When no one expected it, the Canadian singer took to his Instagram account to explain the sad reasons for this decision. “I have a syndrome called Ramsay Hunt. It is caused by a virus that attacks the nerves in my ear and in my face, which causes me facial paralysis,” he revealed in an article. video posted on his page. And to add that the symptoms of this rare infectious disease were quite serious: “As you can see, this eye does not blink. I cannot smile from that side. This nostril does not move.”
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According to the definition found on Orpha.net, the portal for rare diseases and orphan drugs, Ramsay Hunt syndrome was discovered in 1907. It is a complication of shingles due to the reactivation of chickenpox. This virus, always present in our ganglion cells, can reappear in a period when the immune system is weakened. Those infected suffer from facial paralysis as well as a rash affecting the ear and eardrum. In some cases, this pathology causes hearing loss, dizziness, vomiting, tinnitus and nystagmus, an involuntary rhythmic oscillation of one or both eyes.
Is there a treatment for Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
That the fans of Justin Bieber are reassured, the syndrome of Ramsay Hunt can be treated. In case of infection, it is also recommended to follow a treatment of antivirals in order to prevent the spread of the virus in the body. Health professionals advise taking anti-inflammatories to fight pain. At the same time, speech therapy is also suggested to restore important functions. If the interpreter of “Yummy” did not specify his treatment, he indicated that he was doing exercises to recover the motor skills of the right part of his face. “I’m going to get better,” he concluded.