Post-Herpetic Neuralgia

Symptoms of Post-Herpetic Neuralgia​

Symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia include:

  • ​Persistent pain: This is often described as a burning, stabbing, or sharp pain in the areas where the shingles rash occurred.
  • Increased sensitivity: The affected area may become overly sensitive to touch, even to the point where clothing or a light breeze can cause discomfort.
  • Itching or numbness: Some individuals may experience itching or numbness in the affected area.

Post-Herpetic Neuralgia falls under the category of chronic pain. Long standing chronic pain can cause secondary depression, anxiety and stress as patients might be limited in the activities that they can perform including mobility and social interactions. The depression can then lead to loss of sleep and changes in appetite and suicidal ideation.