Justin Bieber suffers from facial paralysis after being diagnosed with a rare disorder.
“I wanted to show you guys what’s going on. Obviously, as you can probably see from my face, I have, a syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome and from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and the nerves in my face and has paralyzed my face,” said the pop star. , 28 years old, in Instagram video Posted Friday.
According to Mount Sinai Hospital, New YorkRamsay Hunt syndrome is characterized by a painful rash around the ear, on the face, or on the mouth. It manifests itself when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head, sometimes causing paralysis.
“You see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move, so there is complete paralysis on this side of my face,” Bieber continued, pointing to the right side of his face.
“So for those of you who are frustrated with my cancellation of the following shows, I obviously am not physically able to do it. It’s very dangerous as you can see I wish it wasn’t, but obviously my body is telling me I have to slow down.”
The “Peach” singer announced Wednesday that he will be postponing some shows from his Justice League world tour due to an unknown health issue at the time.
With some time off the tour, which is set to run until March 2023, Bieber told fans on Friday that he plans to “just rest and relax” until he can “return to 100 percent.”
“I will get better and I will do all these facial exercises to get my face back to normal and it will be back to normal,” he said. “It’s only time and we don’t know how long it will be, but it will be fine. I have hope and I trust in God and I trust that it’s all for a reason.”
Bieber’s friend told Page Six exclusively that his loved ones also expect a successful recovery. “Bieber will be fine,” the insider says. “It is due to an infection and paralysis of the right side. He will recover.”
Meanwhile, the famous performer’s friends flooded the comments section with supportive messages.
Scooter Braun, longtime Bieber manager, wrote, “I love you and am proud of you,” while Kehlani added, “I love you dude, please take all the time you need!!”
Jhené Aiko left a string of prayer hands emojis, while Patrick Schwarzenegger commented with multiple red hearts.
“I love you brother! You will be great! Rest brother. We love you!” DJ Khaled, Bieber’s “I’m the One” collaborator is excited. “God loves you! We love God! Love is forever!”
Ramsay Hunt syndrome It is a rare neurological disorder It is characterized by facial paralysis, or paralysis, often accompanied by a rash affecting the ear or mouth. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, it is estimated that five out of every 100,000 people in the United States will develop RHS annually.
The syndrome, first described in 1907 by Dr. James Ramsay Hunt, is caused by infection with the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox and shingles, meaning anyone with either of these diseases can get it. Also RHS.
RHS is generally curable if detected within three days of symptoms appearing, using antiviral medications such as acyclovir or famciclovir, along with anti-inflammatory corticosteroids, such as prednisone. Unfortunately for some, hearing loss and paralysis can become permanent.
Other medications may be used to manage uncomfortable side effects, such as vertigo inhibitors or nerve pain relievers.
Additional reporting by Hannah Sparks