Shingles affects the facial nerve, and may lead to facial paralysis and hearing loss, and symptoms can include blisters on the ears or roof of the mouth.
According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), Ramsay Hunt syndrome is rare and affects about 5 out of every 100,000 people in the United States according to one estimate, and it most often affects older adults.
Diagnostics and treatment of Ramsay Hunt syndrome
The diagnosis of the syndrome is usually made through a detailed medical history, and identification of the characteristic rash and facial paralysis, and this can be difficult; Where symptoms may not appear at the same time; According to NORD; The Mayo Clinic says: In some cases, the rash may be completely absent, and once Ramsay Hunt syndrome has been diagnosed, antivirals and steroids are recommended.
How severe is Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
According to the British charity Facial Palsy UK, immediate treatment can make a huge difference to a patient's outcome; About 70% of those receiving antiviral drugs recover within three days of onset of symptoms.. If this does not occur, the chances of complete reversal of symptoms drop to 50%.
The charity says that mild cases can resolve within a few weeks. But more serious nerve damage leads to a longer recovery time and less chance of a full return to health. According to what was reported by "Russia Today".
Singer Justin Bieber has said he focuses on rest and doing facial exercises; To help him recover, he added that he will be back to normal, he did not specify how long he would need to recover.