September 26, 2022
What is Ramsay Hunt syndrome, the condition Justin Bieber says has given him facial paralysis?

Screen capture of an instagram video of Justin Bieber explaining he’s been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a virus that has left the right side of his face temporarily paralyzed. InstagramHandout

Justin Bieber cancelled several concerts due to “sickness” this week, including two in Toronto, and said today on Instagram he has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt syndrome, a virus that has left the right side of his face temporarily paralyzed.

According to New York’s Mount Sinai health system resource, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a painful rash seen mostly in adults that occurs when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head. It is the same virus that causes chickenpox and shingles. In rare cases the syndrome is seen in children.

Bieber said in a video posted to Instagram telling fans about the diagnosis that the syndrome is “from a virus that attacks the nerve in my ear, my facial nerves, and has caused my face to have paralysis.”

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