Post-herpetic neuralgia is pain, headaches, and nerve problems that
occur as a complication of shingles (herpes zoster). Post-herpetic neuralgia
lasts for at least 30 days and can continue for months to years.
People who develop shingles after age 50 and who have severe pain
and rash during shingles have the greatest risk for having post-herpetic
neuralgia. It most commonly occurs on the forehead or chest. The pain
linked with post-herpetic neuralgia may make it difficult to eat, sleep, and
do daily activities. It may also increase the risk for depression.
treatment of shingles with antiviral medicines may prevent post-herpetic neuralgia. If post-herpetic neuralgia does occur, certain
over-the-counter and prescription medicines can relieve
Current as of:
May 24, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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