What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome, the condition that paralyzed half of Justin Bieber’s

paralyzed half of Justin Bieber’s

Justin Bieber, a pop star, said that half of his face was temporarily paralyzed by a rare condition caused the same virus as chickenpox.

This is the latest in a string of medical issues Bieber recently revealed, including Lyme, Epstein Barr, and chronic anxiety.

The singer had announced earlier this week that tour dates would be delayed to give him time to take care of his health.

, the singer, shared his condition via Instagram Friday. He said that he couldn’t blink or open his right nostril.Justin Bieber stated that half of his face was paralyzed due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome. @justinbieber on Instagram

According to the Mayo Clinic, facial paralysis is a common symptom of Ramsey Hunt syndrome. This occurs when the virus varicella zoster infects a person’s facial nerve. According to the CDC, the virus can also cause shingles, which is a reactivation or reactivation that causes itchy, painful rash.


The chances of getting infected by chickenpox are greatly reduced now that children are routinely vaccinated. The U.S. became the first country to offer the vaccine. in 1995, and approved for use in Canada, where Bieber was born, in 1998.

Ramsey Hunt syndrome can cause hearing loss, ringing and painful blisters around the ears. According to the Rare Disease Database, it affects approximately 5 of every 100,000 Americans each year.

Paralysis can sometimes be permanent in some cases. However, symptoms often resolve with treatment with antivirals and corticosteroids according to the Mayo Clinic.

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