Justin Bieber shared he’s suffering from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare virus that affects nerves in the face, causing paralysis. But is it permanent and what are the long-term effects?
Popstar Justin Bieber worried fans last week when he shared he was suffering from Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a rare virus that affects nerves in the face, causing paralysis.
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The virus caused the star to cancel his live shows, rendering him unable to perform, but Justin reassured fans he would recover from his health problems. He said: “It will go back to normal. [It will take] time, and we don’t know how much time that’s gonna be, but it’s gonna be okay. And I have hope, and I trust God, and I trust that this is all for a reason. I’m not sure what that is right now. But in the meantime, I’m gonna rest.”
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Is Ramsay Hunt syndrome permanent?
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Though Justin reassured his fans he’d get back to normal, the NHS says that less than half of patients will recover completely, while the Mayo Clinic says: “For most people, the facial paralysis associated with Ramsay Hunt syndrome is temporary. However, it can become permanent.”
Dentist Dr. Rhona Eskander spoke about Justin’s condition, explaining: “The syndrome is caused by a viral infection that affects the nerves in the face. The viral infection creates temporary or permanent paralysis, resulting in inability to close the side of the eye, the inability to smile and a slightly sagging face.
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“With the right treatment, he may recover and hopefully he is on his way to recovery right now,” she continued.
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Treatment for Ramsay Hunt syndrome
Ramsay Hunt syndrome can be treated with antiviral medication, ideally within three days of symptoms. It can also be treated with high dose steroids.
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Justin told his fans he’s resting and doing facial activities to get his face back to normal.
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