Justin Bieber Reveals Facial Paralysis in Up-Close Video

Justin Bieber had a serious message for fans today: The pop star has full paralysis on one half of his face. Bieber went on to explain that he was recently diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, caused by a virus which attacks a facial nerve near the ear.

Justin Bieber’s Video

In the video, Justin Bieber strikes a serious tone. “As you can probably see from my face, I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome,” Bieber says as he goes to exhibit the physical symptoms: He cannot blink, smile, or move his nostrils on the right side of his face — and closed the video out with a lopsided grin.

Bieber, who this week cancelled a slew of tour dates, explains that he would have been unable to perform and is going to take time to rest and heal. “Obviously my body is telling me I gotta slow down,” he said. But Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is not typically permanent, and Bieber is seeking treatment.

What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is caused by the same virus as chicken pox and the shingles. In adults, if a case of a shingles rash spreads toward facial nerve located near one of your ears, it can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss on that side. And though the symptoms are serious — and longtime complications can occur — quick treatment is very effective.

Treatment can include antiviral drugs, corticosteroids, pain relievers, and anti-anxiety medications (to relieve vertigo).

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