Postherpetic neuralgia is a common condition, yet many have never heard of it. It is the most common complication after having shingles, affecting fiber nerves and the skin. It usually presents as burning pain that can last long after the blisters of shingles disappear.
What are shingles? Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox: herpes zoster. The risk of having postherpetic neuralgia increases with age, and those over 60 are most at risk. Though there is no cure, treatments are available to help manage symptoms. Fortunately, for most patients, the symptoms improve over time.
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