What is PHN?Postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN, is prolonged pain that some people face after having herpes zoster, also called shingles. If you experience postherpetic neuralgia, it means that after (post) you have had shingles (herpetic)...
Signs & SymptomsThe onset of postherpetic neuralgia begins with the development of herpes zoster, or shingles. Shingles typically starts with one week of flu-like symptoms and pain, itching and tingling before a rash appears.
Treating PHNPostherpetic neuralgia treatment options include anticonvulsants, tricyclic antidepressants, opioids, topical lidocaine and capsaicin cream. It is important that patients discuss the diagnosis and treatment of PHN with their healthcare provider.
After-shingles pain doesn’t have to affect your ability to enjoy life. Learn more about PHN and talk to your healthcare provider about how you can move beyond the pain.