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What is postherpetic neuralgia?

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Postherpetic neuralgia, or PHN, is the most common problem that shingles causes. Your shingles symptoms usually go away when the rash is gone. But with PHN, you may feel pain, itching, burning, and tingling for months after the rash has healed. The pain can range from mild to severe.

It’s more common in older people. Sometimes, it starts to get better after a few months. In other cases, it lasts for years and could be permanent.

From: What Problems Can Shingles Cause? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/09/2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles.”

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Shingles: Hope Through Research.”

NIH Senior Health: “Shingles.”

National Institute on Aging: “Shingles,” “How Long Does Shingles Last?”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Shingles.”

National Health Service (NHS): “Shingles.”

CDC: “Shingles (Herpes Zoster).”

NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “Shingles: Hope Through Research.”

NIH Senior Health: “Shingles.”

National Institute on Aging: “Shingles,” “How Long Does Shingles Last?”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 09, 2018

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