MUSIC – The singer has decided to speak. This Friday, June 10, Justin Bieber explained and justified the cancellation of several concert dates planned in Canada.
And the reason given by the 28-year-old singer is completely understandable. He revealed in a video posted on his Instagram account to have Ramsay Hunt syndrome. “I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome, caused by a virus which attacks a nerve in my ear and that of my face, which causes facial paralysis”, reveals the artist.
Aware of disappointing many fans, the singer in a relationship with Hailey Baldwin showed the symptoms caused by this rare disease. “As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile from that side. This nostril does not move”, explains Justin Bieber, as you can see in the video at the top of the article.
Where does this syndrome come from?
On the portal of rare diseases and orphan drugs Orpha.net, this syndrome discovered in 1907 is defined as a “rare infectious disease characterized by auricular herpes zoster associated with peripheral facial nerve paralysis, often accompanied by other lesions of the cranial nerves ”.
Thus, “the patients manifest a painful erythematous vesicular eruption which affects the external and internal part of the ear” and then note “facial paralysis on the same side”. In some cases, the disease can also cause hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo and vomiting as well as nystagmus, which is an involuntary rhythmic oscillation of one or both eyes.
This form of facial paralysis, which can appear at any age, results from infection with chickenpox (or varicella zoster virus). After recovery from chickenpox, the virus remains dormant in the nerves until its reactivation for reasons that are still obscure to medicine, but often occurs following intense stress, vitamin deficiency or a reduction in immune defences. Facial paralysis is usually transient but can also, in some cases, become permanent.
A disease far from incurable
“For those who are frustrated with the cancellations of my upcoming shows, I am simply unable to provide them. It’s pretty serious. Even if I would have hoped that this is not the case”. As Justin Bieber points out, it’s pretty serious, but Ramsay Hunt syndrome can be treated.
In case of infection, it is therefore recommended to follow a treatment of antivirals in order to stem the spread of the virus in the body. In addition, it may also be recommended to use analgesics against pain.
Justin does not talk about the treatment he is undergoing but does indicate that he does exercises to gradually recover the motor skills of the right part of his face, as he explains in his Instagram video. Speech therapy is also recommended for patients with the syndrome to rehabilitate the orofacial or verbal functions affected. With serious and follow-up treatment, it could be cured within a few months at most.
Justin Bieber has in any case decided to put his career on hold for a while, but the singer of Peaches wants to be optimistic about his future: “I will get better! My face will go back to normal, it will eventually happen, although we don’t know how long it will take.”
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