Post-shingles nerve pain, also known as postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), occurs as a complication of shingles (herpes zoster). The shingles virus causes damage to the nerves it infects, leading to ongoing pain signals sent to the brain.
The journey of finding relief from post-shingles nerve pain can be a frustrating one – from the shooting pain and extreme sensitivity to multiple treatment methods that didn't improve your symptoms or had unwanted side effects.
Symptoms of post-shingles nerve pain
Symptoms of post-shingles nerve pain are often limited or localized to the area of the skin where the shingles outbreak first occurred, in the band around your trunk, usually on one side of the body.
Less common symptoms of post-shingles nerve pain include itching, numbness, or feeling "pins and needles."
About 20% of people suffering from shingles will develop post-shingles nerve pain during their lifetime
The risk of developing post-shingles nerve pain increases with age
Causes of post-shingles nerve pain
Post-shingles nerve pain happens when nerves are damaged due to a herpes zoster infection, commonly referred to as shingles.
How can QUTENZA help?
QUTENZA can help relieve post-shingles nerve pain, providing up to 3 months of relief with just one 60-minute, in-office treatment.