Acute herpes zoster primarily caused by VZV is the same virus which causes chickenpox (Sampathkumar, Drage, & Martin, 2009).
Acute Herpes zoster caused by reactivation of the varicella herpes zoster virus, often many years later, results in postherpetic neuralgia in about quarter of affected people.
Spinal Cord Stimulation in Postherpetic Neuralgia and in Acute Herpes Zoster Pain.
Relationship between time of treatment of acute herpes zoster with sympathetic blockade and prevention of post-herpetic neuralgia: clinical support for a new theory of the mechanism by which sympathetic blockade provides therapeutic benefit.
Data Source: An open-label study of 133 consecutive patients with acute herpes zoster
DISCUSSION: Acute Herpes Zoster is a painful debilitating condition.
Famcyclovir and Valacylovir are the two other FDA approved drugs in the management of acute herpes zoster. Famcyclovir was approved by FDA in June 29, 1994.
A 78-year-old male presented to our pain medicine clinic seven weeks after developing severe, acute herpes zoster
infection affecting the left neck and shoulder region.
relief of pain in acute herpes zoster
by nerve blocks and possible prevention of post-herpetic neuralgia.
Does treatment of acute herpes zoster
prevent or shorten postherpetic neuralgia?
Nucleoside analogues represent the mainstay of acute herpes zoster
treatment and produce a faster rate of cutaneous healing and decreased risk of ophthalmic complications.[16,17] A limited subset of acute zoster treatment trials have reported data on PHN incidence or duration.
The primary care management of acute herpes zoster
-- a systematic review of evidence from randomised controlled trials.