Shingles & Post Herpetic Neuralgia

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. It is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus, varicella, most commonly occurring in older adults and people who have weakened immune systems. Often people will develop a band or stripe of a rash that develops into painful blisters that fill with fluid, then crust over into a scab. Most people who get shingles will get better in 2 to 4 weeks.

However some people can develop postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), which is a nerve pain that persists after the shingles rash has cleared. The pain of PHN affects the area where the shingles rash had occurred and is usually a constant burning pain sensitive to even light touch.

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During this COVID-19 pandemic, our goal at Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants is to provide patient’s with quality pain management treatment while still optimizing the health and safety of our patients, providers, and staff.

We are providing telemedicine visits for new and established patients. Patients with severe pain that warrant more urgent treatment with injections will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will need to evaluate the patient’s age, medical comorbidities, and risk factors as well as potential symptoms of respiratory infection in making a determination. Elective pain procedures and injections are deferred at this time in order to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus and to ration personal protect equipment so it may be available where it is most critically needed.