Shingles and Postherpetic Pain in Central Ohio
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About Shingles and Postherpetic Pain
Varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox, also causes shingles, which represents itself as an itchy, painful skin rash. Our team of pain care specialists at Pain Zero treats shingles, which can appear anywhere on the body. In most instances, shingles appear on the torso or the side of the face as a line of blisters. While it is more common for older adults to develop shingles, it can also affect teens and younger adults.
Most patients who have a bout with shingles will improve and not experience the condition again. However, in some patients, it can return. Researchers believe that shingles are caused by a weakened immune system or a disruption within the nervous system. Postherpetic neuralgia is a lasting pain in the areas where shingles had occurred. For some, this lasting pain may be felt for weeks, months, and even years. Our skilled and knowledgeable staff in Central Ohio can effectively treat shingles and decrease the risk of reoccurrence.
Treatment Options for Shingles and Postherpetic Pain
Although there is no cure for shingles, there are a number of antiviral drugs that can provide relief, clear up symptoms, and reduce the risk of complications. Common medications include Valtrex® and Zovirax®. Since shingles can be so painful, our pain care physicians may prescribe a numbing agent in the form of a gel, cream, skin patch, or spray.
A pain relief cream, such as capsaicin cream, can be applied to the shingles rash to reduce pain. Prescription-strength painkillers can also be prescribed. In some cases, our team at Pain Zero may prescribe an antidepressant to help you cope with the pain and symptoms and decrease the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia (this persistent pain in the area after the shingles rash has healed).
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Proper Protocol for Relief
If you have experienced any of the painful or visible symptoms associated with shingles, please call Pain Zero today in Central Ohio to schedule an appointment for a thorough examination. Our team of highly trained medical professionals will be able to evaluate your symptoms, provide a proper diagnosis, and get you started with the proper treatment protocol.