Post-Herpetic  Neuralgia (PHN)

Complications from a Shingles Infection

It starts with a rash and a burning sensation, often around the waist. You think nothing of it. It should go away. But it worsens and begins to feel tingly and uncomfortable. Clothing causes irritation and when you go to see your doctor, you discover that you have shingles, a somewhat rare complication of the chicken pox virus that you may not even remember having when you were a child. When the rash eventually heals there could be intense pain at the site of the shingles outbreak. When this occurs, the condition is usually diagnosed as postherpatic neuralgia, or PHN. PHN impacts about 200,000 people annually and while there is no cure for PHN, it typically requires treatment to relieve the painful symptoms.