How to Achieve Effective Pain Relief for
Postherpetic Neuralgia Pain...Shingles...
General Application Procedure for Postherpetic Neuralgia Pain (aftermath of shingles rash)
Topical Solutions are applied topically to your area of postherpetic neuralgia discomfort from the aftermath of shingles and gets right to the
source of your PHN pain by not attacking the inflammation of the the nerve but rather causing the nerves to
relax and in essence "turn off the pain signal to your spinal chord, the pain connector to your brain". It is
"not a cure"...it WILL relieve your PHN pain.
WARNING!!! DO NOT APPLY TO SHINGLES BLISTERS!!!
• At the first sign of PHN discomfort gently rub the applicator on the area of your body where you
feel the discomfort.
• Gently apply 2 to 3 light coats of the solution in a continuous motion
• The area you cover with the solution should be at least as large as the area of discomfort
• The solution will remain moist on your skin for a few minutes
• Remain in a relaxed position and keep the area of discomfort warm to enhance relief from Phn pain.
• Most people will feel relief from their PHN discomfort in as little as 10 - 15 minutes
• Additional applications may be necessary to achieve a desirable level of PHN pain relief
Postherpetic Neuralgia (from Shingles virus)
Causes for Postherpetic Neuralgia (aftermath of shingles rash)
Postherpetic Neuralgia results when nerve fibers are damaged due to shingles virus. Damaged
fibers aren't able to send messages from your skin to your brain as they normally do. Instead the
messages become confused and exaggerated, causing chronic, often excruciating pain that may persist
for months — or even years — in the area where shingles rash first occurred.
PHN is difficult to treat even by even the best of physicians and specialists. Specific treatment of
shingles problems will be determined by a physician, preferably a specialist – preferably one who deals
with shingles virus and shingles rash. Most have seen everything under the sun when it comes to shingles.
How he/she deals with your shingles virus or shingles condition will depend on...
• Your age, overall health, and medical history with shingles
• Extent of your shingles condition from the shingles virus
• Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies for shingles
• Expectations for the course of your shingles condition
• Your opinion or preference for shingles treatment
The symptoms of postherpetic neuralgia (aftermath of shingles rash) are generally limited to the area of skin where a shingles
rash outbreak first occurred. They may include:
• Sharp and jabbing, burning, or deep and aching pain
• Extreme sensitivity to touch and temperature change
• Itching and numbness
• In rare cases, you might also experience muscle weakness, tremor or paralysis — if the nerves involved
also control muscle movement.
When to Seek Medical Advice for Shingles
See a doctor at the first sign of shingles rash, or pain in the former area of shingles rash. Treating shingles early — within 3 days of developing the rash —
and aggressively with oral antiviral drugs might reduce the length and severity of postherpetic neuralgia.
If you do develop postherpetic neuralgia (aftermath of shingles rash), see your doctor right away. Finding an effective treatment to
relieve the pain from shingles can sometimes be frustrating. You may have to work with your doctor and sometimes
other specialists to try a variety of treatments before you find something that helps your shingles condition.
Treatment for postherpetic neuralgia (aftermath of shingles rash) also depends on the type of shingle pain you experience.
Possible options include:
Lidocaine skin patches. These are small, Band-Aid-like patches that contain the topical, pain-relieving
medication lidocaine. The patches, which must be prescribed by a doctor, are designed to be applied
directly to painful skin and deliver relief for 4 to 12 hours. Don't use patches containing lidocaine on your
face or any rash you may still have
Antidepressants. About half the people with postherpetic neuralgia (aftermath of shingles rash) take one of these prescription
medications. The drugs affect key brain chemicals, including serotonin and norepinephrine, that play a
role in both depression and how your body interprets pain. Doctors typically prescribe antidepressants for postherpetic neuralgia in smaller doses than they do for depression. Tricyclic antidepressants, including amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep), seem to work best for deep, aching pain. They don't eliminate the pain, but they make it easier to deal with. Other prescription antidepressants for postherpetic neuralgia include venlafaxine (Effexor), bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil) and fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem).
certain anticonvulsants. Medications such as phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytex), used to treat seizures, also
can lessen the pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia (aftermath of shingles rash). The medications stabilize abnormal electrical
activity in your nervous system caused by injured nerves. Doctors often prescribe another anticonvulsant
called carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol) for sharp, jabbing pain from shingles.
Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (TENS). This treatment involves the placement of electrodes
over the painful shingles area. The electrodes are then attached to a small, portable stimulator that you wear. The
stimulator delivers tiny painless electrical impulses that pass through the electrodes to nearby nerve
pathways. You turn the TENS unit on and off as needed to control shingles pain. Exactly how the impulses relieve
pain is uncertain. One theory is that the impulses stimulate production of endorphins, your body's natural
painkillers. In some cases, treatment of postherpetic neuralgia (onset pain from shingles rash) brings complete pain relief. But most people still
experience some pain, and a few don't receive any shingles relief. Although some individuals must live with
postherpetic neuralgia (aftermath of shingles rash) the rest of their life, most people can expect the condition to gradually disappear
on its own within 5 years.
Self-Care for Shingles
After talking with your doctor, use of the following over-the-counter medications may ease the pain of
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is a highly effective pain relief for phn.PAIN RELIEF is applied topically to your area ofshingles pain
discomfort and gets right to the source of the shingles pain by not attacking the inflammation of the nerves
in the affected area but rather causing the nerves to relax and in essence "turn off the pain signal to your spinal
chord, the pain connector to your brain". Our PAIN RELIEF product will not cause a burning sensation to irritate your skin.
ZERO side effects exist with PAIN RELIEF no matter how many pain relief applications for shingles are applied
over any time frame. How long an application will deliver pain relief from shingles depends on the physiology of
you as an individual and the location of the shingles pain but in general up to eight hours relief can be expected.
Apply your topical solution to your spot of shingles pain about the size of the cup palm of your hand, LET IT DRY and then
apply a heat compress or pad over the treated phn area...a heat compress isn't necessary but it helps you to
gain the full pain relief benefit of your particular pain relief product from phn.
Capsaicin – This cream, made from the seeds of hot chili peppers, may relieve skin hypersensitivity. It's
the only medication approved by the FDA for treatment of postherpetic neuralgia (aftermath of shingles rash). Capsaicin (Capzasin-P, Zostrix)
depletes your nerve cells of a chemical called substance P, which is involved in sending pain messages to
your brain. You periodically rub the cream on the involved area of your skin, usually three times a day.
Capsaicin can cause a burning sensation and irritate your skin, but these side effects usually disappear
over time. Follow the application instructions carefully because Capsaicin cream can be very irritating if
rubbed on nonaffected parts of your body, such as your eyes.
Topical Analgesics and Anesthetics – Aspirin mixed into an absorbing cream or nonprescription-strength
lidocaine cream may reduce skin hypersensitivity. Don't apply cream containing lidocaine to your face.
Your doctor also may recommend using a cream containing other medications for phn.
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