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.
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.
Medicines for Shingles Treatment
If you have shingles, your doctor can prescribe drugs that might shorten how long your outbreak lasts and treatments for your pain and itching.
The Symptoms of Shingles
Learn more from WebMD about shingles symptoms, including tips for when it's time to seek treatment.
The Basics of Shingles
Get the basics about shingles and its causes from the experts at WebMD.