Justin Bieber has Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, a rare neurological condition, the singer recently announced. For the time being, he will focus on recovery. Accordingly, he will also pause upcoming schedules including the upcoming world tour.
On Monday, Bieber wrote in his Instagram:
“Each day has gotten better and through all of the discomfort I have found comfort in the one who designed me and knows me (Jesus).”
He also called what he’s going through “a horrific storm.”
Previously, Justin told fans in a YouTube video:
The virus attacked “the nerve in my ear, facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis. You can see this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move.”
Bierber assured fans that he is “gonna get better” and that he was doing “facial exercises to get my face back to normal.”
“It will go back to normal — it’s just time and we don’t know how much time, but it’s going to be OK,” he said in the video. “Obviously my body’s telling me I gotta slow down. I hope you guys understand and I’ll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to 100%.”
Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a type of viral infection named after the neurologist who first described the condition, is also known as herpes zoster oticus. It is a rare disorder characterized by paralysis of the facial nerve. It also comes with a painful ear rash on one side of the head. It’s caused by the varicella-zoster virus, the same one that causes chickenpox and shingles.
“(After) someone has chickenpox […] that virus can stay dormant in the nerves for a really long period of time and become reactivated later on,” Dr. Anna Pace, a New York-based neurologist at the Mount Sinai Center for Headache and Facial Pain, told TODAY.
Reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus causes shingles, aka herpes zoster. In rare cases, shingles can occur in the ear and lead to Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
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