Postherpetic neuralgia

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What is postherpetic neuralgia?

Postherpetic neuralgia (PHN) is a painful condition affecting the nerve fibers and skin resulting from the activation of the latent varicella-zoster (shingles), the virus that causes chicken pox. Following the healing of the rashes and blisters, the pain sometimes persists.

Common symptoms reported by people with postherpetic neuralgia

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Treatments taken by people for postherpetic neuralgia

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Who has postherpetic neuralgia on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 143 say postherpetic neuralgia is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 2
30s 18
40s 17
50s 47
60s 50
70+ 72
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3
20-29 years 8
30-39 years 12
40-49 years 16
50-59 years 15
60-69 years 10
70+ years 4

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 54
Female 159

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 84
Not Diagnosed 4

These charts show data from postherpetic neuralgia patients who have completed their condition history
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