Justin Bieber and Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Justin Bieber used to make headlines. For the past few weeks, the talk wasn’t about his music or live tours, but rather about a nervous state. Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a neurological disorder It occurs when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head near the inner ear. After having chickenpox as a child or shingles as an adult, the virus can lie dormant in the body. On his social media channels, Bieber announced that he had been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

On his YouTube page, Bieber told fans “The nerve in my ear and the nerves in my face are causing my face to be paralyzed. You can see this eye isn’t blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril won’t move.”

“A lot of people may know someone with a paralysis called Bell’s palsy,” Jeff Eubank, MD, chair of the Ohio Health System, General Neuroscience. “That would be weakness on one side of the face, and that’s something people see with Ramsay Hunt. On top of that, you can have rashes in and around the ear and it can be painful, along with the imbalance.”

Several stops on Bieber’s tour have been cancelled. Bieber was scheduled to be in Columbus on May 16, but that show was listed as rescheduled. No date was observed.

As for the treatment of Ramsay Hunt syndrome, it may take some time.

“We end up giving these patients the antivirals, as well as giving them a course of steroids,” said Dr. Eubank. “We think the combination can be beneficial.”

“This is very serious as you can see. I hope that isn’t the case but my body is obviously telling me I have to slow down, I hope you guys understand, and I will take this time to rest and relax and get back to 100 per cent so I can do what I was born to do Bieber added on his social media accounts.

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