Mechanisms of pain and itch caused by herpes zoster (shingles).

  title={Mechanisms of pain and itch caused by herpes zoster (shingles).},
  author={Anne louise Oaklander},
  journal={The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society},
  volume={9 1 Suppl 1},
UNLABELLED Study of humans with shingles or postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is providing insights into pain mechanisms. Shingles pain is a combination of normal and neuropathic pain that reflects acute tissue and neural injury. PHN pain, which lasts after tissues have healed, is caused by persistent neural injuries. Spontaneous C-nociceptor activity has been documented in painful polyneuropathies and probably occurs in shingles as well, although there are no microneurographic studies of either… CONTINUE READING