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Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Are the symptoms of post herpetic neuralgia bad?

Are the symptoms of post herpetic neuralgia bad?

YES!: Antivirals, like valtrex, (valacyclovir) need to be started within 72 hrs of shingle symptoms. They can decrease the severity and duration of the rash. If pain persists after the rash is gone - postherpetic neuralgia (phn) - it needs to be treated aggressively so it does not last forever. The older you are when you have shingles, the more likely you are to have phn. See a board certified pain specialist for help. ...Read more

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What are the major symptoms of post-herpetic neuralgia?

What are the major symptoms of post-herpetic neuralgia?

Dysesthesia: Phn is characterized by altered sensation (dysesthesia) in the area previously affected by shingles which lasts beyond four months. There may be severe pain or just altered sensation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: post-herpetic neuralgia?

Post herpes: Residual pain neuro deficits from shingles type exacerbation. It can be extremely debilitating to a patient. Seek consultation from a neurologist or pain physician. Neuroleptic medications may help. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Post herpetic neuralgia?

Nerve pain: Post hermetic neuralgia is nerve pain (burning-like, lancinating, toothache type of pain) usually after a viral infection after zoster or shingles. ...Read more

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My husband's grandparent might have post herpetic neuralgia. What is it?

Painful: Post-herpetic neuralgia is the pain that sometimes occurs after shingles resolves. There are several effective treatments for it. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is there a good treatment for post herpetic neuralgia?

Is there a good treatment for post herpetic neuralgia?

Postherpetic neuralg: Severe options, thankfully. Medications such as gabapentin, pregabalin, Lidocaine patches. Nerve blocks and treatments with pulsed radiofrequency. Spinal cord stimulation if nothing helps.
It is a painful and difficult to treat condition. See an expert for proper evaluation. It has central as well as peripheral components so the treatment may vary depending on that. ...Read more

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Shingles -has anyone had post-herpetic neuralgia pain treated?

Several treatments: Post-herpetic neuralgia (chronic pain after shingles) can be treated with Gabapentin (neurontin) or other related drugs. You can also apply capsaicin (zostrix) cream to the area, which burns the nerve endings to deaden the pain. Other treatments include tricyclic antidepressants, Lidocaine patches, and, in severe cases, narcotic pain relievers. ...Read more

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I would like relief from post herpetic neuralgia.?

Neurologist: Post-herpetic neuralgia can be very painful. There are several medications that may be able to help with the pain. Neurontin (gabapentin) is one of the 1st line medications that has some efficacy. There are other medications that your neurologist may recommend that may help decrease the pain. ...Read more

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Any treatment for post-herpetic neuralgia?

Any treatment for post-herpetic neuralgia?

Many: Over the counter remedies include zostrex cream-a cayenne pepper extract that will burn your eyes like tear gas. There are a number of medications including Lidoderm patches-a local anesthetic applied to the unbroken skin, a number of different meds of the anti-epileptic class like lyrica, (pregabalin) neurontin; snri antidepressents like Cymbalta and Pamelor work at the spinal cord level, . ...Read more

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Can you tell me which vitamin is good for post herpetic neuralgia (nerve pain)?

Can you tell me which vitamin is good for post herpetic neuralgia (nerve pain)?

B12, C, E, AMP: Although there is no overwhelming evidence, a very limited number of studies have suggested that vitamin c and B12 injections may improve symptoms. Intramuscular amp (adenosine monophosphate) has also helped some patients in one large trial. Additionally, oral or topical vitamin e, topical capsaicin or peppermint oil may offer some relief as well. ...Read more

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What is post herpetic neuralgia?

Shingles: A neuropathic pain that lasts for more than a month after a shingles infection started. ...Read more

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What can I do for coping with post herpetic neuralgia?

Neuralgia: This is a very common and unpleasant problem. These days there are many treatment plans geared to helping people with this problem. Medications are available from your physician. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating post-herpetic neuralgia?

Are there official recommendations for treating post-herpetic neuralgia?

Yes.: Gabapentin is officially approved for treatment of phn, but I prefer amitriptyline. See a dermatologist for a prescription. ...Read more

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Does post herpetic neuralgia usually cause many symptoms?

Pain: Neuralgia is, by definition, pain that occurs without stimulation of pain receptors. Herpes infections, which include "shingles", often result in this syndrome. ...Read more

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Herpes zoster/shingles pain in chest area (risk of postherpetic neuralgia). What can I do?

Herpes zoster/shingles pain in chest area (risk of postherpetic neuralgia). What can I do?

See your doctor.: Although there is not a “cure” for shingles- valacyclovir (valtrex), Acyclovir (zovirax) ; Famciclovir (famvir) can help symptoms. Narcotics (i.e., codeine), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline), anticonvulsants (neurontin) as well as localized numbing medications can be used for pain. Cool bath or compresses over the rash may v pain/ itching. ...Read more

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Herpetic neuralgia or trigeminal neuralgia, doc's have no real help so maybe there's homeopathic help for the pain, anyone, what to do?

Herpetic neuralgia or trigeminal neuralgia, doc's have no real help so maybe there's homeopathic help for the pain, anyone, what to do?

There IS help: If your conventional physicians haven't been able to help, there may well be help if you see a professional homeopath to review your case and prescribe for you. This usually involves a 2-3 hour initial evaluation, and finding the 1 out of thousands of potential homeopathic medicines that most closely matches your case and symptoms. Then there's ongoing followup. Http://www. Homeopathyusa. Org/ ...Read more

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Is a stellate ganglion block appropriate treatment for post herpetic neuralgia, along the trigeminal nerve.?

Possibly: Stellate nerve blocks are often used to treat peripherial nerve problems caused by injuries or trauma. They are designed to block sympathetic nerves. The trigeminal nerve is a cranial nerve, that does not go through the spine or neck, so I don't know if the stellate block would help. The sympathetic nerves do contribute to eyelid motion and facial flushing, so it may be worth a try. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats trigeminal neuralgia? Pain on right side of my tongue and awhile back right side of face.

A Medical Doctor: Pain from trigeminal neuralgia can result from more than one source. You need to find a physician who is very familiar with this disorder. Evaluation and treatment may require several different approaches before arriving at a satisfactory solution. I would suggest beginning with a neurologist. ...Read more

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What type of doctor should I see for neuralgia and myofascial pain?

What type of doctor should I see for neuralgia and myofascial pain?

Orofacial pain: Myofascial pain syndrome and neuralgia are a chronic condition and OFP doctors are specialists in this field. ...Read more

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Will postherpetic neuralgia be visible?

Post herpetic neural: The words only mean pain related to having had shingles. Noted after the shingles has healed. If you have a rash then one ay see it but more often than not the rash is long done. ...Read more

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What is postherpetic neuralgia and how does it relate to shingles?

What is postherpetic neuralgia and how does it relate to shingles?

Pain: Postherpetic neuralgia is fancy doctor talk for residual pain left over after the shingles rash has gone away. Post means after, herpetic means related to herpes-and shingles is caused by a herpes zoster virus, and neuralgiai s another word for nerve related pain. Not all patients who suffer from shingles get the resultant postherpetic neuralgia. ...Read more

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What happens if you have shingles, how common is postherpetic neuralgia?

What happens if you have shingles, how common is postherpetic neuralgia?

Common: Shingles is latent chicken pox virus that affects a single nerve when it is exacerbated. Even though shingles is common, post herpatic neuralgia is less so. With proper initial treatment the complication can be minimized but not eliminated. ...Read more

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How long does shingles last and what are key signs of postherpetic neuralgia?

A and B: A. Duration 7 to 14 days, average 10
b. Severe burning pain in distribution of rash which may persists for days to months or years, long after rash has resolved. In the absence of a definite skin rash at any time, diagnosis of post-herpetic neuralgia is suspect. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have shingles, how common is postherpetic neuralgia?

I'm just wondering, if you have shingles, how common is postherpetic neuralgia?

Posherpetic neuralgi: Overall, about 20%, but increasing incidence as we age. This is the reason to consider the vaccine. ...Read more

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Why causes the itch of postherpetic neuralgia?

Why causes the itch of postherpetic neuralgia?

Nerve damage: Herpes virus damages nerve cells in the spinal cord. Disballance between different nerve fibers may cause numerous abnormal feelings including the itch. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Neuralgia (Definition)

Can also be described as neuropathic pain or "nerve pain" which can occur anywhere in the body. It can also be due to many disorders such as direct nerve damage, diabetes, ...Read more


Dr. Steven Griggs
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Nerve Pain (Definition)

Neuralgia is a sharp, shocking pain that follows the path of a nerve and is due to irritation or ...Read more