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what's post herpetic neuralgia?


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I had my first occurence of herpes about a month now. The blisters have healled, and I have only a small pink area, that I hope it will go away with time . But now I recently I have been experiencing somtimes some disconfort and small amout of pain. These episodes take 2-3 hours and I have them almost every day. I have found in the net that it migth be post herpetic neuralgia, and it might take 3 months to a year to recover.

By the way I'm 29, this conditoion is uncommmon to people under 50 but not imposible. :(

Have you experienced something like this?

Should I go to a doctor or just wait it to go away?

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Everything I've found on PHN refers to infections of Varicella Zoster not Herpes Simplex.

This could be due to lack of studies where it is documented. I also wonder since many of us had Chicken Pox as children if the combination of hsv and this virus don't have a combined impact on the nervous system.

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I've been curious about this too. Most of the sores are now healed and gone just have some itchiness left however I am almost completely numb around the whole area. Not meaning to be too graphic but for example I can't feel anything when I wash or wipe the area at all, Its quite painfull too in the same way that it is when you've had a filling at the dentist and the local anesthetic starts to wear off. Is this normal?

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