Postherpectic Neuralgia

Introduction

Postherpetic neuralgia is a condition that causes nerve pain and is a complication resulting from a shingles outbreak (which is caused by the chicken pox virus).

Postherpetic neuralgia typically occurs several months after a shingles outbreak and can cause tremendous pain and discomfort in an area of the skin where the shingles outbreak has healed. The pain has been compared to a severe burning sensation.

This condition occurs most commonly in patients over the age of six. It can occur immediately after the shingles outbreak but also can appear or reappear long after the shingles rash has healed.

Symptoms include pain that lasts three months or more following a shingles rash and is burning, sharp, jabbing or aching, and sensitivity (in the area) to light touch, itching and numbness

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