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.
How to Treat Nerve Pain After Shingles
Sometimes, the pain of shingles continues long after the blisters and other symptoms have faded away. It’s called postherpetic neuralgia. Doctors can help you manage the pain.
What Are the Symptoms of Postherpetic Neuralgia?
For some people, the pain doesn’t end when their shingles rash clears up. Find out more about the shooting, long-lasting discomfort of postherpetic neuralgia.
What Is Postherpetic Neuralgia?
Some people have a lingering pain even after their shingles rash is gone. That could be a condition called postherpetic neuralgia. Find out more about what causes it and who might be more prone to get it.
Occipital Neuralgia: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatments, and More
WebMD explains occipital neuralgia, a disorder that causes intense headache, including its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatments.