Postherpetic Neuralgia in Beverly Hills
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a type of neuropathic pain caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (herpes zoster, also known as shingles), which damages peripheral nerves. As this is a form of neuropathic pain, the pain is usually confined to an area of skin innervated by a single sensory nerve called a dermatome. When this dermatomal nerve pain persists for more than 90 days it is identified as PHN. The associated pain can be continuous burning pain, episodic severe shooting pain, hyperesthesia (hypersensitivity to stimuli), or allodynia (when a stimulus that normally does not cause pain is painful). Some patients also experience abnormal sensations and itching.
Most treatments for PHN involve oral and topical medications. In advanced cases an interventional procedure may provide longer lasting pain relief.
At Orthopedic Pain Institute, we will develop a highly specialized plan to treat your individualized needs. Schedule your consultation to learn more about PHN and how we can help you.