Neuralgia is nerve pain that occurs when a nerve is irritated. The pain spreads along nerve pathways and may be acute, chronic, mild, or severe. Some types of neuralgia are postherpetic neuralgia, which is associated with shingles; trigeminal neuralgia, or stabbing face pain; and occipital neuralgia, spinal nerve pain resulting in pain on one side of the scalp. Most neuralgia symptoms can be treated with medications. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how neuralgia is caused, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Some people are at higher risk for shingles and postherpetic neuralgia than others. But used right, available treatments can prevent postherpetic neuralgia, or at least stop it from becoming a permanent, painful companion.