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Who gets postherpetic neuralgia?

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Some people are more likely to get it:

  • People who are older than 60
  • Women
  • People who have numbness, tingling, or itching before a shingles rash even appears
  • People who had severe pain or rash during the beginning of their outbreak
  • People with ongoing conditions that can weaken the immune system, such as HIV and cancer

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic, “Postherpetic neuralgia: Definition,” “Shingles: Causes,” “Postherpetic neuralgia: risk factors.”

National Health Service UK, “Post-herpetic neuralgia.”

University of Maryland Medical Center, “Postherpetic neuralgia: symptoms.”

UCLA Health: “Postherpetic Neuralgia: Symptoms.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Shingles.” Center for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia: "Surgical options for treating postherpetic neuralgia, "Treating shingles with tricyclic antidepressants to lessen the risk of PHN." Johnson R., , April 5, 2003. : “Risk factors for postherpetic neuralgia in patients with herpes zoster.” Lyrica: "PNH: How Lyrica Works." : ”Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia: Prevention and Management.” NINDS: “Shingles: Hope through Research.” : “A Vaccine to Prevent Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia in Older Adults.”  















BMJNeurologyAmerican Family PhysicianNew England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic, “Postherpetic neuralgia: Definition,” “Shingles: Causes,” “Postherpetic neuralgia: risk factors.”

National Health Service UK, “Post-herpetic neuralgia.”

University of Maryland Medical Center, “Postherpetic neuralgia: symptoms.”

UCLA Health: “Postherpetic Neuralgia: Symptoms.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Shingles.” Center for Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia: "Surgical options for treating postherpetic neuralgia, "Treating shingles with tricyclic antidepressants to lessen the risk of PHN." Johnson R., , April 5, 2003. : “Risk factors for postherpetic neuralgia in patients with herpes zoster.” Lyrica: "PNH: How Lyrica Works." : ”Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia: Prevention and Management.” NINDS: “Shingles: Hope through Research.” : “A Vaccine to Prevent Herpes Zoster and Postherpetic Neuralgia in Older Adults.”  















BMJNeurologyAmerican Family PhysicianNew England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 26, 2018

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