HITC.com | by Disha Kandpal | June 12, 2022

Internet users are discussing the Ramsay Hunt Syndrome ever since Justin Bieber shared the video showing his partial facial paralysis. A study has now come out explaining a possible link between the syndrome and the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Peaches singer said in his video: “As you can see from my face, I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, and it is from this virus that attacks the facial nerves in my ear and causes paralysis.”

“As you can see this eye is not blinking,” the singer says pointing to his affected eye.

“I can’t smile on this side of my face,” he demonstrates before saying: “This nostril will not move.”

The Postgraduate Medical Journal previously released an article under the Adverse Drug Reactions section on the website. It details the case of a 37-year-old man diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome shortly after getting a COVID-19 vaccine jab.

The authors of the article – Chariene Jane Woo, Oscar Hou In Chou and Bernard Man Yung Cheung – are researchers from the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Medicine.

The researchers reveal that they diagnosed a previously healthy 37-year-old man with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS), two days after he got his first dose of the COVID vaccine.

The symptoms apparently began with fever and pain in the right ear. Soon, the patient developed vesicles in his right ear and canal. It then developed into tinnitus and led to a loss of hearing.

The patient also complained of facial palsy and numbness in the tongue.

‘As his symptoms developed 2 days after vaccination, we suspected the vaccination triggered RHS. This would be the first reported case of RHS after COVID-19 vaccination,’ the researchers write.

“Vaccine-related immunomodulation may be responsible for the RHS after vaccination,” the researchers state.

They conclude the article by saying: “HS is rare for patients under 60 years old with no previous history of HZ. Therefore, COVID-19 vaccination was likely to be the stress causing reactivation of VZV.

“What we have described is rare, and may be the missing link between COVID-19 vaccination and Bell’s palsy, providing a plausible explanation for the facial palsy.”

HITC cannot verify the legitimacy of the study. You can read PMJ’s full article here.


If the nerve damage in the affected individual isn’t severe, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome completely goes away in a few weeks.

However, in cases of severe damage due to shingles, a person may not completely recover, even after several months and years.

Severe complications from the virus may result in permanent hearing loss as well as facial weakness.

In some cases, individuals may also sustain eye damage, making it difficult to shut their eyelids.


Fans have been sending prayers and good wishes to Justin ever since he posted the video. Here’s what a few of them wrote on Twitter…

Source: Possible link between Ramsay Hunt Syndrome and Covid-19 vaccine explained (hitc.com)

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