Shingles or Post-Herpetic Neuralgia Pain
Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to a virus called varicella-zoster, the same virus that causes chickenpox. After one gets chickenpox, the virus may remain inactive and becomes dormant in certain nerves in the body. Most often, Shingles occurs when the virus becomes active again in these nerves years later. It is not clear why the virus suddenly becomes active again. Shingles may develop regardless of age group, but one is more likely to develop the condition if they are older than 60 years of age, have had chickenpox before age 1 and/or their immune system is weakened by medications or disease. Shingles can be treated through medication. When medications do not reduce pain, here at Wasatch Pain Solutions we employ minimally invasive procedures that eliminate this pain all together.