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According to Healing Chronic Pain, postherpetic neuralgia is “a complication of shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus.” Postherpetic neuralgia affects nerve fibers and skin, causing burning pain that lasts long after the rash and blisters of shingles disappear. The risk of postherpetic neuralgia increases with age, primarily affecting people older than 60. If you’re showing symptoms of this complication, seek a professional for treatment.

Symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia include:

  • Pain that lasts 3 months or longer after the shingles rash has healed
  • Pain that is burning, sharp and jabbing, or deep and aching
  • Sensitivity to light touch
  • Itching and numbness

Your risk of developing postherpetic neuralgia is lessened if you begin taking antiviral medications within 72 hours of developing the singles rash, so it’s important to see a doctor at the first sign of shingles. Though there is no single treatment to relieve postherpetic neuralgia, there are a variety of treatment options to reduce the pain. Ongoing research of postherpetic neuralgia will help health care professionals better treat those affected by this complication.

The Atlanta Center for Medical Research was founded in 1982 by Dr. Robert A. Riesenberg and is now one of the largest and most respected medical research institutions in the country. ACMR’s 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, open-source research facility is a game changer for the medical research world. ACMR’s practices set the standard for medical research, facilitating the availability of safe and effective medicine to people everywhere.

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