Understanding Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, Which Singer Justin Bieber Has

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In a video posted on Instagram, the Canadian singer explained that he suffered from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, an infection caused by a virus that attacks the nerve in the ear causing paralysis on one side of his face.

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The disease, also called shingles of the ear, is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox and shingles (which is different from cold sores).

Its main characteristic, in addition to the paralysis of the facial muscles, is a severe earache, since the infection affects the facial nerve near the inner ear, the deepest part of the organ.

“It’s just for a moment. We don’t know how long it will take, but it will. I trust God and I am convinced that all of this has a purpose,” Bieber says.

What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?

The syndrome virus, varicella zoster, can lodge either near the eye (in the so-called ophthalmic shingles) or near the ear, where the facial nerve passes, which controls the nerve and muscle functions that allow facial movements.

The main features of the disease are intense pain in the ear, the appearance of blisters (vesicles) on the inner or outer surface of the ear and facial paralysis.

What causes?

It is not a genetic disease. The most common is the condition affecting immunocompromised people or people who have had a decrease in their immunity, such as an infection or other health problem.


Symptoms usually last one to three weeks. The main ones are severe ear pain and paralysis of facial muscles.
– Severe pain in the ear
– Peripheral facial paralysis (inflammation of the nerves that control the muscles of the face)
– Ringing in the ear, hearing changes or hypersensitivity to sound
– Headache
– dizziness
– vertigo
In general, in cases of facial paralysis, speech is also more impaired.


Treatment is usually based on oral antivirals that attack the virus and, in the case of facial paralysis, corticosteroids, anti-inflammatories.

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