What is Shingles and Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN)?
Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), the virus that causes chickenpox. VZV can remain dormant inside nerve cells and in some people years later, the virus may reactivate and travel through the nerves to the skin and this reactivation of the virus is known as shingles. As a person ages their immunity declines and therefore shingles is often more common in the older generation. Apart from the rash, the main problem caused by shingles is the pain that it causes and this is called neuralgia.
Painful Shingles blister
Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a painful condition occurring after shingles in which pain persists in the area where the rash emerged. Around 10% of people develop PHN within a month of being infected with herpes zoster. This figure rises to over 50% in people who are aged 60 years and older.
How can Percutane Pain Relief Cream help neuralgia and PHN sufferers?
Percutane Pain Relief Cream gives relief of nerve pain/mild neuralgia and the pain of shingles rash and PHN by topical application (to be used only on unbroken skin). The capsaicin in Percutane Pain Relief Cream provides temporary relief of nerve pain/mild neuralgia by inhibiting Substance P, which transmits pain signals to the brain.