The pain caused by the rash that accompanies a shingles infection is miserable. The same virus that causes chicken pox, (herpes zoster) is responsible for infecting almost 1 out of every 3 people in the United States in their lifetime, according to the latest estimates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control.) That translates to an estimated 1 million cases of shingles each year in this country. Anyone who has recovered from chickenpox may develop shingles.
Shingles pain may go on long after the initial rash disappears as damaged and irritated nerve endings continue to send signals to the brain to prolong pain. This is known as post herpetic neuralgia.
A study published in the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Journal followed 68 people with acute shingles infection. Those receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy along with conventional treatment had a better overall response – specifically less healing time of blisters, less pain, less depression, and most importantly, less incidence of post herpetic neuralgia (continued nerve pain.) To read more, go to: Effect of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy on Patients with Herpes Zoster.