Justin Bieber's Rare Condition Left Half Of His Face Paralyzed due to Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
What Is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, and How Does It Affect You?
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a neurological condition caused by varicella zoster virus.
The syndrome is officially known as herpes zoster oticus.
The virus can linger in your body for your entire life, even long after you have recovered from chickenpox.
The nerves that go through your face go through pretty narrow, bony canals, and when they’re inflamed they swell and lose the ability to function.
The illness affects men and women equally and can result in paralysis on one side of the face and painful, blistering rashes.
It is more common in older people, and some patients experience changes in their hearing, perhaps perceiving sounds louder in one ear.
Ear and facial pain is commonly a part of the syndrome, and some patients may suffer from vertigo.
Only about five to 10 out of every 100,000 people will develop Ramsay Hunt syndrome each year.
According to researchers, it can take a long time for people with the syndrome to receive an accurate diagnosis.