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Postherpetic neuralgia

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Introduction
Postherpetic neuralgia is a nerve pain that occurs at the site of a previous attack of shingles. Neuralgia is a term that describes nerve pain.
Symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia
The main symptom of postherpetic neuralgia is continuous or ‘shooting’ pain in an area previously affected by shingles.
Causes of postherpetic neuralgia
Postherpetic neuralgia is the most common complication of shingles, caused by the varicella zoster virus. It is not clear why only some people develop it.
Treating postherpetic neuralgia
There are several types of medication that may be used to treat the symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia. You may need to try different medicine combinations.
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