What is postherpetic neuralgia?

Nerve Damage. A painful condition that follows a bout of shingles or herpes zoster. This occurs in people that have had chicken pox earlier in life when the virus reactivates in their nervous system..An immunization is available for patients over 50 to reduce the chance of this reactivation happening. Condition is not generally seen in younger people unless they are immunocompromised or under unusual stress.
Painful. Postherpetic neuralgia is a severe, lancinating nerve pain syndrome that develops at the site of the rash in some patient who have shingles. The pain can last for weeks to years after the rash is gone. It is difficult to treat, and can be very frustrating to sufferers. The incidence of this complication can be reduced by initiating antiviral meds within a day or two of onset of the rash.

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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...
Directly related. Post-herpetic neuralgia is by definition, nerve related pain following an episode of shingles. It typically involves face, chest, or abdomen, one sided, and is typically described as burning, sharp, shooting pain that is constant. This can be difficult to treat and i would recommend seeing a neurologist or pain management physician. Read more...

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...

I have shingles. I'm 17 years old and the rash is on my back. What are my chances of postherpetic neuralgia. No other disease, ?

Shingles & PHN. The best chance of preventing PHN would be to start an appropriate anti viral medication (Valtrex (valacyclovir) or Famvir) within 48 hours of noticing the rash. Otherwise, you have to hope for the best. The occurrence of PHN is generally unpredictable. Read more...

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...

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...

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...

Can VZV the only herpesvirus member that can cause shingles/postherpetic neuralgia?

Yes/No. Herpes zoster (hzv) causes both chickenpox & shingles and is usually associated with postherpetic neuralgia but both forms of herpes simplex - hsv 1 & hsv 2 in extreme cases, especially in immunocompromised patients can cause postherpetic neuralgia but generally not as wide-spread and life-affecting as the zoster virus. And it is much les common. Read more...

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...