What is Ramsay Hunt Syndrome - The Disease Affecting Justin Bieber?

Justin Bieber has revealed he has been diagnosed with a condition called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, which has fully paralysed the right side of his face

Speaking about the reason behind the recent cancellations of his shows, Bieber said he has developed a rare condition called the Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

In an Instagram video, Bieber said the condition has fully paralysed the right side of his face. “As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face… So there’s full paralysis on this side of my face,” he said.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is neurological disease in which a virus – Varicella Zoster – causes inflammation of the nerves involved in facial movements.

When the nerves get inflamed, they lose their ability to function, leading to temporary facial palsy or paralysis.

What it means is that facial muscles in the infected person cannot receive necessary signals to function properly.

Initially, the patient may complain of facial weakness and little difficulty in closing one eye.

The disease fully manifests in a matter of two to three days

Prompt treatment after diagnosis can speed up the recovery and reduce chances of severe nerve damage.