Justin Bieber announced he is suffering from hemiplegia syndrome. Experts say the outlook is good with early treatment.
WASHINGTON – Shocking and heartbreaking messages for fans of Justin Bieber. The music supermarket announced Friday that he will be canceling his next few concerts because of a rare disorder called Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
“It was from this virus, which attacked the nerves in my ear, my facial nerve, and left my face paralyzed,” Bieber said in a video posted to Instagram.
The video has been viewed more than 32 million times, with countless fans and colleagues leaving messages of love and support.
Nick DeMoura, a director, program designer and choreographer wrote: “I love you Bro! Rest up”.
“I love you JB. You will beat and get through this,” Instagram user and podcaster Ben Baller wrote.
Bieber was scheduled to perform at the Capital One Arena in DC on June 10, but it was one of many that had to be cancelled.
What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?
Bieber’s condition is viral. Ramsay Hunt syndrome, also known as herpes zoster oticus, is a complication of shingles, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a division of the National Institutes of Health.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome occurs when an outbreak of shingles affects the facial nerve near one of your ears. The NIH says shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the virus that causes chickenpox.
Shingles occurs in people who have had chickenpox and exhibit reactivation of the inactive varicella-zoster virus, says the NIH.
Herpes zoster oticus occurs when the varicella-zoster virus spreads to the nerves of the face. It is known to cause severe ear pain, rash, and paralysis of the facial nerves. The rash is most common around the ears, but can also be found around the mouth, face, neck, and scalp.
The NIH found that other symptoms can include hearing loss, dizziness (sense of abnormal movement) and tinnitus (unusual sounds). Health authorities say there can also be loss of taste in the tongue, dry mouth and eyes.
Who Is At Risk For Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?
Experts at the Mayo Clinic say Ramsay Hunt syndrome can happen to anyone who has chickenpox.
Officials at the Mayo Clinic write: “Once you recover from chickenpox, the virus stays in your body – sometimes reactivating years later to cause shingles, a painful rash with fluid-filled blisters”.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome usually occurs in adults over 60 years of age and is very rare in children.
The Mayo Clinic says Ramsay Hunt syndrome is not contagious; however, reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus can cause chickenpox in people who have never had chickenpox or have not been vaccinated against it.
Treatment and recovery
Antiviral drugs or corticosteroids are often prescribed as needed to treat Ramsay Hunt syndrome. Experts say prompt treatment can reduce complications.
Mount Sinai medical experts say that if the nerve is not damaged much, most people will recover completely within a few weeks. If the damage is more severe, some patients may not recover completely.
According to Mount Sinai, the chances of recovery are better if treatment is started within three days after symptoms begin.
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Complications include permanent hearing loss and facial weakness, eye damage, and nerve pain.
The Mayo Clinic says facial weakness caused by Ramsay Hunt syndrome can make it difficult for people to close their eyes. When this happens, the cornea, which protects your eye, can be damaged, causing eye pain and blurred vision.
Postherpetic neuralgia is described as a painful condition that occurs when a shingles infection damages nerve fibers. The messages sent by these nerve fibers become confused and exaggerated, the Mayo Clinic says, causing pain that can linger long after other signs and symptoms of Ramsay Hunt syndrome disappear.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is named after the American neurologist who identified it in the early 20th century.
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