Postherpetic neuralgia is a condition that occurs after a patient has recovered from herpes zoster, or shingles, but continues to feel tingling, burning, and pain in the same part of the body where they previously suffered a rash over three months later. Other symptoms also include itching, loss of feeling, and sensitivity to touch or temperature. Postherpetic neuralgia is caused by damage to the nerves attributed to a herpes zoster infection, when the nerve fibers malfunction and communicate signals of pain to the brain.
Symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia often clear up on their own eventually, but a pain specialist may recommend some combination of treatments based on the severity of the pain. These may include anti-inflammatory drugs, prescription painkillers, topical pain medications (creams or patches), anti-seizure medication, specific antidepressants, and steroid injections.
Pain Management Locations
To find a pain management specialist,
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre
1133 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
MedStar Health at Brandywine
13950 Brandywine Road
Brandywine, MD 20613