Postherpetic neuralgia is a painful condition that causes severe pain along the course of a nerve affecting the nerve fibers and skin from a complication of shingles. The same virus that causes chickenpox causes shingles.
Postherpetic neuralgia is caused by the same shingles virus that has been inactive for most of someone life from his or her immune system functioning correctly, but that person can become reactivated causing shingles.
Postherpetic neuralgia is classified of still having symptoms of shingles that wont go away after the normal healing period of 2-4 weeks that it takes most peoples condition improves.
Many patients with postherpetic neuralgia characterize the discomfort as intense burning or stabbing pain, which often feels as if it is shooting along the course of the affected nerve.
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