Justin Bieber reveals he’s suffering from facial paralysis caused by Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

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It was just some time ago that Justin Bieber announced about postponing his upcoming tours due to some sickness. Now, the singer has finally revealed the main reason behind his decision on Instagram. Bieber, 28, has stated that he has been diagnosed with a rare disorder called the Ramsay Hunt syndrome that has left half of his face paralyzed. The Grammy winner got talking about his condition in a video posted recently on his Instagram handle. He revealed that Ramsay Hunt syndrome has caused facial paralysis and is affecting the nerves on his face due to the shingles outbreak.

About the video

Justin Bieber shared the video on social media after canceling all his upcoming tours in Washington DC and Toronto. The Peaches singer also demonstrated in the video that he could barely move one side of his face while calling the ailment ‘pretty serious.’ Moreover, he also captioned the post as ‘IMPORTANT PLEASE WATCH. I love you guys and keep me in your prayers.”

The Canadian singer said that he had to cancel the tour dates because he was physically not capable of doing them. In yet another instance, Bieber said that his eye is not blinking and that he cannot smile on one side of his face. He further said, “It is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis.”

Check out the video below.


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What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a rare neurological condition that paralyzes the facial nerve and causes a rash that affects the mouth or the ear. The condition is also called Herpes Zoster Oticus. Sometimes, the condition also causes hearing loss or ringing in the ears.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is caused by the same virus that causes shingles in adults and chicken pox in children. It is called the varicella-zoster virus, and it occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve located near the ear. The syndrome commonly leaves a painful shingles rash and causes facial paralysis or hearing loss in serious conditions. The illness is common in adults, particularly those over 60, and in anyone who has chicken pox. According to doctors, while the illness almost goes away, hearing loss and facial paralysis can be permanent.