Grammy award-winning pop star Justin Bieber took to social media on Friday to say that he’s taking a break from his performing schedule due to a health condition.
According to a report by The Washington Examiner, the singer has partial paralysis on one side of his face, which he has attributed to Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
“It is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis,” Bieber explained in an Instagram video.
“As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move. So there’s full paralysis on this side of my face.”
Here’s a look at what the disorder entails via the Examiner:
RHS stems from a shingles outbreak, caused by a reactivation of the same virus that causes chickenpox, called the varicella-zoster virus. With RHS, the virus infects the nerves in the face or near the ear, according to the Mayo Clinic. It can result in a painful rash, partial paralysis, and hearing loss in the affected ear.Other common symptoms include dizziness, a ringing in the ears, a change in taste perception or loss of taste, and dry mouth and eyes.
RHS is usually treatable and has a higher chance of a full recovery if treated within the first few days. People should fully recover within a few weeks, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, if more severe damage to the nerves occurs, recovery could take several months, and in some cases, the damage could be permanent. Doctors use a mix of anti-inflammatory medication and antiviral medication such as acyclovir or famciclovir to treat the virus.
The condition is considered rare and affects men and women equally. It affects approximately 5 out of every 100,000 people in the United States every year, according to the website of the National Organization for Rare Disorders.
Bieber, whose wife, Haley Baldwin Bieber, was recently hospitalized with blood clots, has canceled three upcoming performances at this point and said he does not know how long his recovery will take, but he is constantly working on regaining use of his facial muscles.
“This is pretty serious, as you can see. I wish this wasn’t the case, but, obviously, my body’s telling me I’ve got to slow down,” Bieber said. “I hope you guys understand. I’ll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to a hundred percent so that I can do what I was born to do.”