Definition of neuralgia in US English:



  • Intense, typically intermittent pain along the course of a nerve, especially in the head or face.

    • ‘Neuronal inflammation and necrosis leads to severe pain or postherpetic neuralgia, which increases as the infection travels down the nerve.’
    • ‘Its anti-inflammatory qualities can help with neuralgia, sciatica and fibrositis, and externally its soothing and anti-bacterial properties will aid in the healing of burns, wounds and infections.’
    • ‘The most common chronic complication of herpes zoster is postherpetic neuralgia.’
    • ‘Because it affects pain receptors, capsaicin is used as an analgesic in topical creams and ointments to treat the pain of arthritis, neuralgia, and diabetic neuropathy.’
    • ‘In patients older than 50 years, valacyclovir decreases the duration of acute pain and post-herpetic neuralgia compared with acyclovir.’
    sore head, migraine
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