Botox can ease shingles pain

November 13th, 2015
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Jabs of anti-wrinkle drug Botox can ease severe nerve pain triggered by shingles, according to new research.It was found to be more effective than the anaesthetic lidocaine in treating postherpetic neuralgia – a condition in which extreme nerve pain continues for months or even years after a shingles rash has healed.

Many people with postherpetic neuralgia make a full recovery within a year, but in some cases the nerves do not heal completely and symptoms last for several years or permanently.

While most people respond to medication, including tricyclic antidepressants, anti-epileptic drugs or  opioids to reduce the pain, 40 to 50 per cent do not completely respond.

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