Signs and symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia include severe pain that lasts 3 months or longer after the shingles rash has healed. The pain has been described as burning, sharp and jabbing, or deep and aching. Associated symptoms can include
Cause of postherpetic neuralgia
Damage to nerve fibers from the herpes zoster virus causes postherpetic neuralgia. Postherpetic neuralgia usually begins after shingles has cleared, but it can also occur in cases when no shingles blisters were observed. Older people and people who have had shingles are at greatest risk for developing the condition.
Other postherpetic neuralgia symptoms and signs
- Severe Pain That Lasts 3 Months After the Shingles Rash Healed
- Skin Sensitivity to Light Touch
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Examples of Medications for Postherpetic Neuralgia Symptoms and Signs
- amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep)
- capsaicin - topical, Capsagel, Salonpas-Hot, Zostri
- capsaicin topical
- lidocaine patch (Lidoderm)
- lidocaine transdermal
- morphine extended-release capsule - oral, Avinza
- morphine sustained-action capsule - oral, Kadian
- nortriptyline (Pamelor)
- Oxycodone for Pain (OxyContin, Roxicodone, Oxecta, Oxaydo, Xtampza ER, Roxybond)
- Side Effects of Lyrica (pregabalin)
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