Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (The Stated Cause Of Justin Beiber’s Facial Paralysis) Is Caused By Chicken Pox Virus Reactivation

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

I talked about that here: Paper: mRNA Vaccine Suppresses Immune Response: Increasing Risk For Infections, Bell’s Palsy, Shingles, Cancer.

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:

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