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How is shingles related to postherpetic neuralgia?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Postherpetic neuralgia is a condition that causes chronic pain, and it may develop as a complication of shingles. Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is caused when the dormant varicella-zoster virus reactivates and travels through the nerves to the skin. In some people - usually older adults - the virus causes permanent nerve damage that causes chronic pain, even after shingles has healed. For most people, the pain goes away after a few months, but it may last for years. If you're experiencing the painful symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia, talk to your doctor about finding pain medication that may help reduce the symptoms.

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