What is the Meaning & Definition of Postherpetic Neuralgia

Postherpetic neuralgia is a painful condition that occurs as a result of infection of a nervous ride by the virus Herpes Zoster, commonly known to as "shingles". Once it affects a nervous ride by this virus might be injured its structure thus giving origin to a type neuropathic pain, is a condition in which there is a very intense pain that is accompanied by sensitivity disorders and abnormal sensations that can occur well either in spontaneous or after the application of stimuli in the affected area.
This condition may persist for months or even years, time led to the emergence of disabilities and disorders like depression and insomnia associated.

Postherpetic neuralgia is characterized by burning sensation

Shingles is a condition characterized by redness of the skin as well as the presence of distributed fluid-filled vesicles over the course of a nerve, it is characteristic that the affected area is very painful with a nuisance perceived as a burning or burning aggravated by friction.

It is possible to predict who may develop an infection after neuralgia herpes zoster virus

Usually the condition lasts for a week to ten days, where vesicles break, are covered with scabs and then heals the skin can be left residual lesions such as change of coloration. Usually in a period of one month have disappeared the inconvenience.
Approximately in 2 out of 10 people suffering from herpes zoster pain persists even though they be gone lesions in the skin, thus appearing this complication.
This condition is more common in people older than 60 and people with compromised immune systems. It has also been that there is an increased risk of developing PHN when lesions cover very large areas of the skin, in those cases where the pain is very intense, or when a specific treatment for this condition has not been fulfilled.

Treatment of postherpetic neuralgia

This type of neuralgia is treated with medications can affect the transmission of abnormal impulses in the nervous system, as it is the case of antidepressants and the drugs used for the treatment of seizures.
Sometimes it may happen that there is no response to this type of treatment for what it can turn to the application of nerve blocks or even surgery to block painful signals.