This condition can be described as an abnormal feeling of pain from a non-painful stimulation on the skin, such as a gentle touch. It is a severe type of pain, whose frequency, intensity, years of suffering have a direct relationship with its presence and severity.
Allodynia is produced by sensitization at the heart of the pain center, which has over excitable pain nerve cells in the central nervous system. It has three sub-types:
- Tactile: Here, pain is brought about by gentle pressure or light touch.
- Mechanical: Pain is brought about by something that brushes across your skin, such as wearing clothes, applying lotion, etc.
- Thermal: Pain is brought about by heat or cold.
Treatment: Medications that help treat Allodynia include Tramadol, Morphine, Lidocaine or painkillers like Vicoden or Norco, Percocet and Oyxcontin.
Precaution: If Allodynia happens frequently, it is advisable to employ prevention methods such as avoiding touch, avoiding pain stimulating temperatures and avoiding clothes made of textured fabrics. For severe pain control, endogenous opioids may be administered.