Questions and Answers about Post Herpetic Neuralgia

Questions and Answers about Post Herpetic Neuralgia

By Melanie Morrill • September 18, 2023
Categories: NeuropathyPainSenior’s Health

Q: What is post-herpetic neuralgia?

A: Post-herpetic neuralgia is a type of nerve pain that can develop after a person has had shingles. It can be very intense and can last for months or even years. The pain can be burning, stabbing, or shooting, and can be accompanied by other symptoms such as itching, numbness, and tingling.

Q: What are the treatments available for post-herpetic neuralgia?

A: There are several treatments available for post-herpetic neuralgia, including medication, acupuncture, nerve blocks, and topical creams. It is important to work with a healthcare provider to find the right treatment plan for you, as everyone’s experience with post-herpetic neuralgia is unique.

Q: How can I prevent post-herpetic neuralgia?

A: Taking steps to prevent shingles in the first place can reduce the risk of developing post-herpetic neuralgia. This includes getting vaccinated against shingles, avoiding close contact with people who have shingles, and maintaining a healthy immune system. Once you have shingles there is no way to prevent post-herpetic neuralgia. 

Q: Does everyone with shingles develop post-herpetic neuralgia?

A: No, not everyone with shingles will develop post-herpetic neuralgia.  9-20% of everyone with shingles will develop post-herpetic neuralgia and it is more common in folks over the age of 60. 

Q: What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms of post-herpetic neuralgia?

A: It is important to talk to a healthcare provider as soon as possible if you are experiencing symptoms of post-herpetic neuralgia. With the right treatment and management plan, it is possible to manage the symptoms of post-herpetic neuralgia and improve quality of life.

Are you living with Post Herpetic Neuralgia? Do you have more questions about it and how to stop the pain? Call 587-879-7122 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Melanie Morrill Ac. today. 


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