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What is shingles?

Shingles is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin. It is caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you have chickenpox, the virus stays in your body. It may not cause problems for many years. But as you get older, the virus may reappear as shingles.

Is shingles contagious?

Shingles is not contagious. But you can catch chickenpox from someone with shingles. If you've never had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, try to stay away from anyone who has shingles.

If you have shingles, try to stay away from anyone who has not had chickenpox or the chickenpox vaccine, or anyone who might have a weak immune system.

Who is at risk for shingles?

Anyone who has had chickenpox is at risk for getting shingles. But this risk goes up as you get older; shingles is most common in people over age 50.

People with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of getting shingles. This includes those who

  • Have immune system diseases such as HIV/AIDS
  • Have certain cancers
  • Take immunosuppressive drugs after an organ transplant

Your immune system may be weaker when you have an infection or are stressed. This can raise your risk of shingles.

It is rare, but possible, to get shingles more than once.

What are the symptoms of shingles?

Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching. It is usually on one side of the body or face. The pain can be mild to severe.

One to 14 days later, you will get a rash. It consists of blisters that typically scab over in 7 to 10 days. The rash is usually a single stripe around either the left or the right side of the body. In other cases, the rash occurs on one side of the face. In rare cases (usually among people with weakened immune systems), the rash may be more widespread and look similar to a chickenpox rash.

Some people may also have other symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Upset stomach
What are the complications of shingles?

Shingles can cause complications:

  • Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN) is most common complication of shingles. It causes severe pain in the areas where you had the shingles rash. It usually gets better in a few weeks or months. But some people can have pain from PHN for many years, and it can interfere with daily life.
  • Vision loss can happen if shingles affects your eye. It may be temporary or permanent.
  • Hearing or balance problems are possible if you have shingles within or near your ear. You may also have weakness of the muscles on that side of your face. These problems can be temporary or permanent.

Very rarely, shingles can also lead to pneumonia, brain inflammation (encephalitis), or death.

How is shingles diagnosed?

Usually your health care provider can diagnose shingles by taking your medical history and looking at your rash. In some cases, your provider may scrap off tissue from the rash or swab some fluid from the blisters and send the sample to a lab for testing.

What are the treatments for shingles?

There is no cure for shingles. Antiviral medicines may help to make the attack shorter and less severe. They may also help prevent PHN. The medicines are most effective if you can take them within 3 days after the rash appears. So if you think you might have shingles, contact your health care provider as soon as possible.

Pain relievers may also help with the pain. A cool washcloth, calamine lotion, and oatmeal baths may help relieve some of the itching.

Can shingles be prevented?

There are vaccines to prevent shingles or lessen its effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get the Shingrix vaccine. You need two doses of the vaccine, given 2 to 6 months apart. Another vaccine, Zostavax, may be used in certain cases.

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1 Not yet recruiting Osteoarthritis Structural Changes Assessed by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Neuropathic Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis
Conditions: Neuropathic Pain;   Knee Osteoarthritis
Intervention: Other: MRI
Outcome Measures: To correlate the level of neuropathic pain with the severity of OA structural changes (cartilage volume and defects, bone marrow lesions, meniscal tears and extrusion, synovitis).;   To assess the correlation between the presence of neuropathic pain and the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC) scores (total, pain, function, stiffness).
2 Unknown  Evaluation of the Efficacy, Tolerability and Safety of Etoricoxib (Arcoxia) in Patients With Neuropathic Pain
Conditions: Postherpetic Neuralgia;   Neuralgia
Interventions: Drug: Etoricoxib;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: Time to Efficacy Failure;   To evaluate the efficacy of etoricoxib in NP during the Open-Label and the Double-Blind Periods;   Time to efficacy failure by PHN sub-group based on sensory testing results;   Safety as assessed by adverse events, serious adverse events, and vital signs
3 Not yet recruiting Pregabalin for the Treatment and Prevention of Spinal Cord Injury Neuropathic Pain
Conditions: Neuropathic Pain;   Spinal Cord Injuries
Interventions: Drug: Pregabalin;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: Daily at-level non-evoked pain intensity measured with the numerical rating scale (0-10) expressed as the mean 7-day pain intensity;   Weekly below-level non-evoked pain intensity measured with the numerical rating scale (0-10);   Weekly evaluation of at-level neuropathic pain symptoms using the "Neuropathic Pain Symptoms Inventory" (NPSI);   Weekly evaluation of at-level neuropathic pain intensity and interference using the "Brief Pain Inventory" (BPI);   Weekly evaluation of the change in at-level non-evoked neuropathic pain using the "Patient Global Impression Change" (PGIC);   Weekly evaluation of anxiety and depression using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS);   Weekly evaluation of spasm frequency below the spinal cord injury using the Penn questionnaire;   Measurement of the amplitude of cold and heat sensory evoked potentials (Cz-Fz) studied above (C4) and at-level of the SCI;   Serum TNF-R1 level;   Weekly at-level non-evoked pain intensity measured with the numerical rating scale (0-10) 28 days after the termination of the clinical trial;   Number of Paracetamol tablets used as rescue medication during the week;   Prevalence and type of adverse events in patients treated with pregabalin;   Unblinding testing: patient and investigator will be asked for the treatment they think to have received. Reasons for their judgement (efficacy and safety) will also be asked.
4 Recruiting Civamide Nasal Solution for Postherpetic Neuralgia of the Trigeminal Nerve
Condition: Postherpetic Neuralgia
Interventions: Drug: Civamide Nasal Spray;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measure: Average Daily Pain Score
5 Recruiting Pulsed Radiofrequency vs. Steroid Injections for Occipital Neuralgia
Condition: Occipital Neuralgia
Interventions: Procedure: Pulsed radiofrequency;   Drug: Corticosteroid injection
Outcome Measures: Average pain score;   Number of headache days with severe headache;   Depression;   Disability;   Number of days with severe headache
6 Unknown  Study of Integrity of Down Inhibitor Bundle at Patients Suffering of Neuropathic Pain
Conditions: Healthy Volunteers;   Patients Suffering of Peripheral Neuropathic Pain
Intervention: Other: Neuropathic pain
Outcome Measure: Comparison of the amplitude of N2P2 waves between healthy volunteers and patients suffering of peripheral neuropathic pain.
7 Not yet recruiting Early Administration of Botox® in Neuropathic Pain Due to Thoracoscopy or Thoracotomy
Conditions: Pain Due to Certain Specified Procedures;   Neuralgia
Interventions: Drug: BOTOX;   Other: PLACEBO
Outcome Measures: decrease in average pain intensity as measured by the Brief Pain Inventory (BPI);   VAS in the last 24 hours;   Neuropathic Pain Inventory
8 Recruiting A Study Into Pain Relief Given by ASP8477 for Peripheral Neuropathic Pain (Either Post-herpetic Neuralgia or Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy) and Its Safety
Conditions: Neuropathic Pain;   Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (PDPN);   Post-Herpetic Neuralgia (PHN)
Interventions: Drug: ASP8477;   Drug: Placebo
Outcome Measures: Change in mean of 24-hour average pain intensity, Numeric pain rating scale (NPRS);   Time to treatment failure;   Responder rate to ASP8477 in the Single-Blind Period;   Patient Global Impression of Change (PGIC) score;   Safety assessed by TEAE and SAE, laboratory tests, vital signs, C-SSRS, PWC and MWC scores, Bond-Lader score;   Composite of pharmacokinetics of ASP8477 concentration: Trough concentration (Ctrough), observed maximum concentration (Cmax), Area under the curve (AUC)0-6
9 Recruiting Acupuncture in Herpes Zoster Neuralgia (ACUZoster)
Conditions: Herpes Zoster;   Postherpetic Neuralgia;   Pain
Interventions: Device: Sham-laser acupuncture;   Drug: gabapentine;   Procedure: Acupuncture
Outcome Measures: Alteration of pain intensity after treatment;   Quantitative sensory testing
10 Unknown  Development of a Bedside Pain Assessment Kit for Postherpetic Neuralgia
Conditions: Neuralgia;   Herpes Zoster
Intervention:
Outcome Measure: Demonstrate usability of the BSTK.
11 Unknown  A Study of Patient Reported Outcomes After Stereotactic Radiosurgical Rhizotomy for Trigeminal Neuralgia
Condition: Trigeminal Neuralgia
Intervention:
Outcome Measure: Patient satisfaction following CyberKnife radiosurgery
12 Unknown  Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) for Resistant Neuropathic Pain
Condition: Neuropathic Pain
Interventions: Biological: Intravenous immunoglobulin;   Biological: Normal Saline
Outcome Measures: The primary outcome measure will consist of change in mean daily pain diary score from baseline to each week post-treatment;   Measurement of neuroinflammation (NI) markers (IL-1β, IL-6, IL-8, TNF-α, MMP-9, TIMP-1)
13 Unknown  Effect of Opioids in Neuropathic Pain in Postherpetic Patients
Condition: Neuralgia, Postherpetic
Intervention: Drug: Remifentanil
Outcome Measures: Stimulus-response (SR)-function;   Pinprick;   Area of dynamic allodynia;   NRS;   Mechanical pain threshold;   HPPT;   HPTT;   Coolness;   Warmth;   LDPI
14 Unknown  Immunolabeling Evaluation of Five Selected Markers in Skin Biopsies of Patients With Postherpetic Neuralgia and Healthy Controls
Conditions: Postherpetic Neuralgia;   Healthy Age/Gender Matched Volunteers
Intervention: Other: skin biopsy
Outcome Measure: use of genetic data to enhance the search for targeted therapeutic approaches to chronic pain management
15 Unknown  To Evaluate the Efficacy and Tolerability of the Use of Vitatonus Dexa Compared to Dexamethasone in Patients With Neuralgia of Various Origins
Condition: Neuralgia
Intervention: Drug: Dexamethasone
Outcome Measures: Observation of adverse events related to medication. The causality of adverse events concerning the use of medication will be given after applying the Naranjo Algorythm;   Efficacy evaluation Likert scale and Visual Analogue
16 Recruiting Virtual Walking for Neuropathic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury
Conditions: Spinal Cord Injury;   Neuropathic Pain
Interventions: Behavioral: Virtual walking;   Behavioral: Wheeling tape
Outcome Measures: Changes in Numeric Rating Scale;   Changes in fMRI correlates of neuropathic pain;   Changes in Pain Interference;   Changes in Neuropathic Pain Scale
17 Recruiting A Nasal Applicator for the Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia
Condition: Trigeminal Neuralgia
Intervention: Device: Nasal ganglion block for TN
Outcome Measures: Pain intensity numeric rating scale;   Patient's global impression of change
18 Recruiting A Study of Amifostine for Prevention of Facial Numbness in Radiosurgery Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia
Condition: Trigeminal Neuralgia
Interventions: Drug: Amifostine;   Procedure: CyberKnife stereotactic radiosurgery
Outcome Measures: Facial numbness following radiosurgery;   Pain relief following radiosurgery
19 Recruiting Botulinum Toxin for the Treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia
Condition: Trigeminal Neuralgia
Intervention: Biological: Incobotulinumtoxina
Outcome Measures: Difference in mean number of attacks between active and placebo groups;   Difference in mean intensity between placebo and control groups
20 Recruiting Diffusion Tensor Imaging Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DTI MRI) as a Correlate to Pain Relief and Facial Numbness in Patients Following Stereotactic Radiosurgical Rhizotomy for Trigeminal Neuralgia
Condition: Trigeminal Neuralgia
Intervention:
Outcome Measure: DTI MRI findings