Postherpetic Neuralgia Treatment in Coimbatore

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What is Postherpetic Neuralgia?

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a side effect of having shingles (also called herpes zoster). The varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox, is to blame for shingles. When the virus reactivates, it causes shingles.

Shingles are characterized by a stinging, blistering rash, among other symptoms. The rash usually shows up on one side of your body, usually on your trunk (central core of your body). The rash turns into blisters, and then they fall out of the skin. As the rash/blisters fade away, the pain may not, but it could be for a while. Chronic post-herpetic neuralgia occurs when pain persists after a bout of herpes zoster.

Symptoms of Post-herpetic Neuralgia include the subsequent

After you get shingles, your nerve pain may come and go. Also referred to as post-herpetic neuralgia, this is the most significant symptom of herpes infection. The area that is hurt may also:

Symptoms of Postherpetic Neuralgia
An occasional sharp shooting, jabbing, or burning sensation can be felt
Symptoms of Postherpetic Neuralgia
Great sensitivity to touch, continual searing, throbbing, or painful discomfort
Symptoms of Postherpetic Neuralgia
Severe sensitivity to temperature
Symptoms of Postherpetic Neuralgia
itching
Symptoms of Postherpetic Neuralgia
Headaches
Symptoms of Postherpetic Neuralgia
numbness

What causes Post-herpetic neuralgia ?

  • For the rest of your life, the virus that causes chickenpox will be present in your body. Age or a damaged immune system, such as those caused by chemotherapy or medications, might trigger the virus to reactivate and result in shingles.
  • If your nerve fibres are damaged during a shingles epidemic, you may get post-herpetic neuralgia. Skin-to-brain communications cannot be transmitted the same way as they normally are due to damaged fibres.
  • Pain that lasts for months or even years is the result of the signals being jumbled and amplified. Herpetic neuralgia treatment in Coimbatore offers the best treatment options to get quick relief from the condition.

The risk factors associated with Post-herpetic Neuralgia :

Age
Extremity of shingles
Other health illness
Location if shingles

How is Post-herpetic Neuralgia identified?

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is diagnosed based on your symptoms, shingles history, and physical examination. For example, if you've recently had shingles and are experiencing discomfort in the area where the rash was, you're likely suffering from PHN. Your post-herpetic neuralgia specialist may want to run some tests to ensure your discomfort isn't caused by something else, but none are required in most cases.

Your doctor will check your skin, possibly touching it in some areas to assess the affected area's boundaries.

Various therapy options are available for Postherpetic Neuralgia :

Post-herpetic neuralgia treatment is not alleviated by a single treatment for everyone. However, a combination of post-herpetic neuralgia medications is commonly used to alleviate pain.

Skin patches:

The topical pain-relieving medicine is contained in little, bandage-like patches. These patches can be tailored only to cover the affected area. The patches are applied directly to aching skin and provide short comfort. They are available by prescription or over-the-counter at a little lower dosage.

Because you must be monitored after the high-concentration patch is given, the procedure takes at least two hours, yet a single post-herpetic pain treatment can reduce pain for up to three months in some people. If the application is successful, it can be repeated every three months.

Interventional procedures:

Peripheral nerves can be blocked to alleviate pain in PHN. Stellate ganglion and paravertebral block can be performed with local anaesthetic agents. Radiofrequency ablation may be required in selective patients.

Treatment for Post-herpetic Neuralgia using prescription medications :

Medicines may not be able to eliminate pain entirely, but they can assist to alleviate it. It's possible that you'll have to test a few different medications before finding the one or combination of medications that work best for you.

Pain relievers that are often used do not usually function for post-herpetic neuralgia. Certain prescription medications, on the other hand, are useful for nerve pain, so you might want to try one of them.

The following are some of the benefits of receiving Post-herpetic Neuralgia treatment :

Taking the herpetic neuralgia treatment at the right time can help relieve various signs and discomfort that is caused by the condition; it can relieve,

Tiredness

Insomnia (Troubled falling asleep)

Loss of appetite

Lack of concentration

FAQ Questions? Answered!

Medicines may not be able to entirely eliminate pain, but they can assist to alleviate it. You may need to test a few different drugs before finding the one (or combination of medications) that works best for you. Post-herpetic neuralgia may not usually respond well to the common pain medications that are given to patients.

During the night, our core temperature fluctuates slightly. For the most part, people would rather sleep in a more laid-back setting. Neuropathy is believed to be exacerbated by the perception of temperature fluctuations as pain or tingling by damaged nerves.

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is caused by shingles in the majority of instances. It occurs as a result of nerve damage caused by shingles. Messages sent from the skin to the brain are confused because of the damaged nerves. This can result in months of severe discomfort.

Your post-herpetic neuralgia specialist can prescribe a variety of effective post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) medications. Prescribed medicines and pain relievers are the most effective therapies. However, patches containing medicinal extracts or other pain medications work nicely as well.

Age or a damaged immune system, such as those caused by chemotherapy or medications, might trigger the virus to reactivate and result in shingles. In addition, if your nerve fibres are damaged during a shingles epidemic, you may get post-herpetic neuralgia. Due to broken fibres, your skin is unable to send messages to your brain as effectively as it should.

The shingle treatment cost relies on the medications chosen according to the shingles that occured. Consult with the best post-herpetic neuralgia specialist to choose the apt treatment.

insufficient sleep can weaken the immune system, making it more susceptible to infections like shingles. Thus, the lack of sleep may increase the risk of developing shingles.

Shingles usually last for 2 to 4 weeks. The primary signs are pain and tingling, further, the rash will develop into blisters. This rash will heal within a month, also few people will face lingering pain, known as postherpetic neuralgia, which will last for months or even years.

Stress can weaken your immune system, it makes an individual more susceptible to shingles, also stress is not the sole cause. The actual cause of shingles is the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus. Whereas, stress can contribute to the triggering of shingles outbreaks in a few people.

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Our Department of Pain Management has treated over 20,000+ patients with postherpetic pain treatment over the last 48 years. Our highly experienced postherpetic neuralgia specialist will ensure you receive the best herpetic neuralgia treatment in Coimbatore.

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Our highly experienced postherpetic neuralgia specialist has immense experience in providing the best herpetic neuralgia treatment in Coimbatore

Dr. M. Sekar is a Consultant Pain Management & Interventional Pain Specialist of the Department of Pain Management at Sri Ramakrishna Hospital. He has over 13 years of experience and is a specialist in treating Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Dr. M. SEKAR
MD., DNB Consultant Pain Management & Interventional Pain Specialist

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