WHAT IS POSTHERPETIC NEURALGIA?

Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN) is a persistent pain in the nerves that follows shingles, long after the rash has cleared and the scars have healed. Most people that suffer with PHN will experience the following symptoms at the same site as the shingles outbreak:

• Sharp pain
• Jabbing pain
• Burning pain
• Aching pain
• Extreme sensitivity

PHN pain is often severe and usually interferes with a patient’s regular routine and daily life.

HOW DOES PHN OCCUR?
The virus responsible for chicken pox during childhood stays in your body throughout life. Although it remains in the nerves in a dormant state during adulthood, it frequently reactivates after the age of 50 in the form of a painful skin rash known as shingles. Unfortunately, treating and curing shingles is difficult and nerve pain often persists after shingles.

Postherpetic Neuralgia Study Treatments
The Northwest Clinical Research Center has the opportunity to evaluate a novel treatment for PHN but this cannot be done without research volunteers.


Specifically, we are evaluating if a new topical gel relieves pain associated with PHN during the four-week study.

Clinical Trials with NWCRC:
We are looking for volunteers to participate in a medication research study for treatment of postherpetic neuralgia lingering beyond 6 months of initial shingles diagnosis. All NWCRC patients receive the following at no cost:

• Clinical Evaluations
• Study Medication
• Medical Care

To find out more fill out the contact form at the top of the page or call 425-453-0404.