Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), a complication of shingles, is a painful condition that affects your nerve fibers and skin. The burning pain associated with post-herpetic neuralgia can make it difficult to sleep and eat.

Caused by the chickenpox virus, shingles clears up within a few weeks. However, PHN can last for months or years after the shingles rash and blisters have disappeared. Symptoms of PHN typically occur in the same area where the shingles outbreak first occurred. These symptoms include:

  • Burning sharp, jabbing deep or aching pain
  • Sensitivity to light touch – even the touch of clothing
  • Itching and numbness – a less common symptom
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis – in rare cases

If you are suffering from postherpetic neuralgia, there are treatments available that can eliminate or reduce the pain. 

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