According to Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel, Botox has recently been found to help ease the painful agony of shingles.
Botox injections can ease severe nerve pain triggered by shingles, according to new research. In fact, the injections were found to be more effective than the anaesthetic lidocaine in treating postherpetic neuralgia, which is a condition that results in extreme nerve pain that continues for months or even years after a shingles rash has healed.
How are Shingles Caused?
According to your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon, shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which lies dormant in the nerves following a chickenpox infection. In most cases, the rash and pain from shingles typically lasts two to four weeks, but up to one person in five develops postherpetic neuralgia.
As a result, the pain can be intense and has been described as a burning or stabbing sensation, similar to an electric shock.
Occasionally the itching may be even more severe and continuous. Many patients who suffer from postherpetic neuralgia make a full recovery within a year, but in some cases the nerves don’t heal completely and symptom can remain for several years or even be permanent.
Response to Medication?
Your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon finds that while most patients respond to medication, including tricyclic antidepressants, anti-epileptic drugs or opioids to reduce the pain, approximately 40% – 50% don’t respond completely.
A review of evidence by neurologists at Mount Sinai Medical Center concluded that Botox injections can be extremely effective by blocking the release of the chemicals that are involved in the nerve transmission of pain.
Your Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon also cited a study at the Guangdong Medical School in China, in which 60 patients were injected with either Botox, lidocaine or a dummy saline solution. During the following days, pain dropped more significantly in the Botox group compared with the other two groups.
The long-lasting effects were accompanied by a low occurrence of side effects, with the only significant side effect being the pain of the injections in a few people.
If you’re interested in more information regarding Botox injections, call the office of Los Angeles cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Abergel today to schedule a consultation.