postherpetic pain

postherpetic pain

Persistent pain experienced in an area previously affected by SHINGLES. Postherpetic pain may last for years and is a severe burden to the elderly victim. Vaccination of people over 60 with varicella can restore fading memory T cell immunity and reduce the risk of shingles and post-herpetic pain. Early use of ACYCLOVIR during an attack of shingles can minimize the damage to sensory nerves that causes the pain.
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Patients who have postherpetic pain may need longer-term pain management.
Patients with persistent postherpetic pain should probably be referred to a neurologist or pain management specialist.
"So we compared patients with postherpetic pain, diabetic neuropathy, and low back pain."
Post herpetic neuralgia THEmost serious feature of herpes zoster is pain following an attack, a condition known as postherpetic pain. The pain is a a consequence of damage to the nerves, causing strong nerve impulses which pass upwards to the brain.
MEDLINE (1966 to present) was searched on December 29, 1998, using PubMed and combining the terms "zoster" or "post-herpetic neuralgia" or "postherpetic neuralgia" or "post-herpetic pain" or "postherpetic pain," and publication type "clinical trial" (including phases I-IV) or "controlled clinical trial" or "randomized controlled trial." We searched The Cochrane Controlled Trials Register 1998, issue 4, using the same terms.
In another study the lidocaine patch reduced postherpetic pain by 29% and relieved allodynia in 100 patients; a vehicle patch reduced pain by 23% and had no effect on allodynia.
We have been investigating postherpetic pains focusing the nature of such pains [1], during which we have noticed many patients suffering form postherpetic pains also suffer from itch.