Dr Anthony Youn has explained Justin Bieber's Ramsay Hunt diagnosis

Dr Anthony Youn has explained Justin Bieber’s Ramsay Hunt diagnosis.
Image via YouTube screenshot/Dr Youn

Doctors explain Justin Bieber diagnosis amid anti-vaxxer attack [watch]

Medical doctors have explained Justin Bieber’s Ramsay Hunt syndrome diagnosis after anti-vaxxers weighed in on the singer’s health woes.

Dr Anthony Youn has explained Justin Bieber's Ramsay Hunt diagnosis

Dr Anthony Youn has explained Justin Bieber’s Ramsay Hunt diagnosis.
Image via YouTube screenshot/Dr Youn

A video posted by Justin Bieber revealing his shocking face paralysis – due to Ramsay Hunt Syndrome – has elicited a strong reaction from conspiracy theorists, and in particular anti-vaxxers.

On Saturday 11 June, the pop singer revealed he had postponed a few shows in his world tour. This, after being diagnosed with the illness which caused never damage to the right side of his face.

But tweeps have expressed their concern after the 28-year-old star and his wife Hailey Bieber both made headlines over their health struggles ill in recent months.


In March, Hailey was hospitalised after suffering a small blot clot on her brain.

Speaking in a YouTube video in April, Hailey revealed that she had experienced stroke-like symptoms during breakfast with her husband Justin Bieber on 10 March

“We were in the middle of talking and all of a sudden, I felt this really weird sensation. [It] traveled down my arm from my shoulder all the way down to my fingertips, and it made my fingertips feel really numb and weird.

“The right side of my face started drooping. I couldn’t get a sentence out. Everything was coming out – not even jumbled – just like, couldn’t get the words out.”

Hailey revealed that doctors had diagnosed her with a Transient Ischemic Attack or “mini-stroke”, emanating from a blood clot.

The model went on to explain that several factors led to the diagnosis. She continued: “The conclusion that all of the doctors came to, was three different things. One, was that I had just recently started birth control pills. Which, I should’ve never been on, because I am someone who suffered from migraines anyway, and I had just not talked to my doctor about this.

She continued, “The second thing, as I had recently had COVID. That was something that they thought was a contributing factor. And then the third thing was, I had recently gone on a very long flight. I had flown to Paris and back in a very short amount of time. And I slept through the whole flight both ways, didn’t get up and move around. Never thought about wearing compressions socks. So, basically, all of the doctors came to the conclusion that it was the perfect storm that led to me having a small blood clot.”

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With news of Justin Bieber’s illness and his wife’s blood clot just three months ago, anti-vaxxers ran wild with theories on social media.

They included unproven theories that the couple’s health woes were linked to the Covid-19 vaccine

Others, however rubbished the idea.


According to WebMD, Ramsay Hunt syndrome is in the same family of viruses that causes chickenpox and monkeypox: the varicella-zoster virus (VZV).

In a YouTube video, US doctor Anthony Youn explained that the VZV virus becomes reactivated after laying dormant for years. This can happen when individuals have a weakened immune system. The VZV virus can manifest in shingles in any part of the body.

He said: “As you can see here with Justin Bieber it presented in the face and neck region. And if it affects the face, it can also affect and damage the facial nerves

Dr. Youn added that RSV could also lead to hearing loss. He continued: “This can be scary and devastating for a musician like Justin Bieber who relies on his hearing and facial muscles for his career”.

UK doctor Charles Nduka – revealed other autoimmune illness, like Lyme Disease, which Justin Bieber also suffers from can reactivate the VZV virus. He told MailOnline: “Usually the people that develop this have some other issue going on that causes their immune system to be depressed”.

Ramsay Hunt syndrome can be treated by either steroids or anti-viral medication and has a relatively high full recovery rate if treated within three days.

Dr. Youn went on to encourage adults and young children to get vaccinated against chickenpox. He added: “If you’re over 50 and you’ve had chickenpox before, you may want to consider the shingles vaccine”.