DAILY RECORD – Justin Bieber has shared his diagnosis of Ramsay Hunt syndrome in a video that showed his partially paralyzed face.
In a video posted on social media, Justin revealed on Friday how the illness had frozen his facial muscles and said it was ‘pretty serious’.
Justin said his face had become fully paralyzed on one side after a rare virus attacked the nerves in his ear.
“Been getting progressively harder to eat which has been extremely frustrating. Please pray for me,” he wrote, adding a tear emoji.
Although Ramsay Hunt syndrome is rare, it’s caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.
Read on for a rundown of the illness afflicting Justin Bieber…
What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
Ramsay Hunt syndrome occurs in people who have had chickenpox.
After recovering from chickenpox, the virus stays in your body and can sometimes reactivate and cause shingles, a painful rash with fluid-filled blisters.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears.
It causes two main symptoms – one of which is a painful red rash with fluid-filled blisters on, in, or around one ear.
The second sign is facial weakness or paralysis on the same side of the affected ear.
What causes Ramsay Hunt syndrome?
The illness can occur in anyone who has had chickenpox, although it’s more common in older adults aged over 60 and rare in children.
What signs does Justin Bieber have?
In a shocking update, the 28-year-old reported that he’s unable to control half his face.
“As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move, so there’s full paralysis on this side of my face.”
Justin showed how one side remained frozen while he attempted to smile, blink, and move his face.
He added: “So for those who are frustrated by my cancellations of the next shows, I’m just physically, obviously not able of doing them. This is pretty serious as you can see.”