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Herpetic Neuralgia Overview

Another name for Herpetic Neuralgia is Post Herpetic Neuralgia.

What is post herpetic neuralgia?
A person with post herpetic neuralgia has ongoing pain after a case of shingles. The pain occurs in the same location where the shingles rash occurred. The cause for the ongoing pain after the episode of shingles is unknown. About 10 percent of those with shingles develop post herpetic neuralgia.

What are the symptoms of post herpetic neuralgia?
Symptoms of post herpetic neuralgia include pain, burning, and numbness in the location of the shingles rash.

How does the doctor treat post herpetic neuralgia?
Treatment for post herpetic neuralgia includes antidepressants, antiviral medications, oral corticosteroids, anticonvulsant medications, narcotic pain medications, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for post herpetic neuralgia may include capsaicin cream, lidocaine patches, or epidural medication injections.

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Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Herpetic Neuralgia References
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