The Honolulu Pain Management Clinic LLC can help relieve the pain brought about with this viral disease.
Shingles Pain – Shingles is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a localized area. The rash usually heals within two to four weeks; however, some people develop ongoing nerve pain which can last for months or years, a condition called postherpetic neuralgia. Postherpetic neuralgia is thought to be due to nerve damage caused by shingles. The damage causes nerves in the affected dermatomic area of the skin to send abnormal electrical signals to the brain. These signals may convey excruciating pain, and may persist or recur for months, years, or for life. In the United States each year approximately 1,000,000 individuals develop Shingles. Of those individuals approximately 10-18% develop postherpetic neuralgia. Treatment for postherpetic neuralgia depends on the type and characteristics of pain experienced by the patient. Pain control is essential to quality patient care; it ensures patient comfort.