I enjoyed listening to this doctor, Andrew Mester MD, describe Ramsay Hunt syndrome, similar to Bell’s Palsy but usually accompanied by rashes. Ramsay Hunt syndrome and Bell’s Palsy are one-sided facial paralysis involving the 7th cranial nerve or facial nerve. The facial nerve has a cervical branch which reaches down into the neck area. Both syndromes are caused by reactivation of a virus, varicella zoster virus (VZV) for Ramsay Hunt (that’s the virus that causes chicken pox) and herpes simplex virus (HSV) for Bell’s Palsy. The two conditions may present as indistinguishable.*
11 June 2022
What causes reactivation of chicken pox virus?
VZV reactivation frequently arises under immune-exhaustion, such as aging, or immunocompromised conditions caused by immunosuppressive drugs, HIV infection, or malignancies.
– Persistent Varicella Zoster Virus Infection Following mRNA Covid-19 Vaccination Was Associated With The Presence Of Encoded Spike Protein In The Lesion, Cutaneous Immunology and Allergy, 25 August 2022
Could the COVID-19 vaccine suppress the immune response? Yes, if this paper is anything to go by:
Innate immune suppression by SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccinations: The role of G-quadruplexes, exosomes, and MicroRNAs, Food and Chemical Toxicology, June 2022
A case study:
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Following COVID-19 Vaccination, BMJ Postgraduate Medical Journal, 5 January 2022
* Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, BMJ Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychology, 1 August 2001
Canadian singer Justin Beiber was diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome in June 2022: