Justin Bieber reveals he has Ramsay Hunt syndrome

According to Fox News, Justin Bieber just graphically revealed that he has Ramsay Hunt syndrome. 

Per the Mayo Clinic:

“Ramsay Hunt syndrome (herpes zoster oticus) occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears. In addition to the painful shingles rash, Ramsay Hunt syndrome can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear.”

Apparently, the syndrome comes from the same virus as the one that causes chickenpox. After recovering from chickenpox, it lives in your nerves, where it could reactivate causing the sort of symptoms that Bieber is now experiencing.

Bieber explains

Bieber, on Friday, released an Instagram video that he captioned, “IMPORTANT PLEASE WATCH. I love you guys and keep me in your prayers.”

In the video, he reveals that he has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, and he graphically demonstrates the symptoms that he is experiencing. From the looks of things, the right side of his face has been paralyzed.

Bieber demonstrated this paralysis to his fans, showing that he cannot blink his right eye, that he cannot move his right nostril, and that he cannot smile with the right side of his mouth.

Bieber explained that this is the reason why he has decided to cancel several of his shows. He said:

For those who are frustrated by my cancellations of the next shows, I’m just physically, obviously, not capable of doing them. This is pretty serious as you can see. I wish this wasn’t the case, but obviously my body is telling me that I’ve got to slow down. I hope you guys understand.

“It’s going to be OK.”

Despite the diagnosis, Bieber had a hopeful message for his fans, telling them that he is “going to get better.”

“I’m going to get better, and I’m doing all of these face exercises to get my face back to normal,” he said. “It will go back to normal, it’s just time.”

As for how much time, Bieber said, “we don’t know.” But, he hastened to add that, “it’s going to be OK.”

Bieber made it clear that he expect a full recovery.

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