Postherpetic Neuralgia Information
Postherpetic neuralgia is a possible complication of shingles, a reinfection with the virus that causes chickenpox. A person with postherpetic neuralgia may experience pain in the area of the shingles rash that lasts for months, or even years, after the rash has healed. At this time, scientists do not know why some people develop this condition and others do not.
Although there is no cure, many treatment options are available to reduce the duration and severity of symptoms, including:
- Antiseizure medicine.
(For more detailed information, including how to reduce your risk, click Postherpetic Neuralgia.)