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What is postherpetic neuralgia?

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Postherpetic neurlagia is nerve pain that lingers after an outbreak of shingles, a rash also known as herpes zoster that may also affect the face.

The persistence of pain from shingles is more common among people older than age 80. Shingles that involves the face nearly doubles the risk of developing facial posterherpetic neuralgia.

Treatment includes anticonvulsants, antidepressants, aspirin, NSAIDs, and creams.

From: Geriatric Headaches and Migraines WebMD Medical Reference

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American Heart Association: "Silent Ischemia and Ischemic Heart Disease."

Serratrice , G. March 1985. Headache,

Vongvaivanich K., Cephalalgia, . September 2015

Fisher, CM March 1980.   , Canadian journal of neurological sciences,

WebMD: "Temporal Arteritis" sand "How to Treat Nerve Pain After Shingles."

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations of giant cell arteritis" and "Hypnic headache."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Trigeminal Neuralgia."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Silent Ischemia and Ischemic Heart Disease."

Serratrice , G. March 1985. Headache,

Vongvaivanich K., Cephalalgia, . September 2015

Fisher, CM March 1980.   , Canadian journal of neurological sciences,

WebMD: "Temporal Arteritis" sand "How to Treat Nerve Pain After Shingles."

UpToDate: "Clinical manifestations of giant cell arteritis" and "Hypnic headache."

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Trigeminal Neuralgia."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on June 12, 2018

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