Management of patients with post-herpetic neuralgia
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Management of patients with post-herpetic neuralgia

Sharon Doble Clinical nurse specialist, Pain management, Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, Cardiff

This article provides an overview of the management of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) – a debilitating nerve pain that continues after the herpes zoster (shingles) rash has cleared. PHN mainly affects older people and although there are a number of treatment options available, drug interactions and side effects frequently limit their use. Nurses need to demonstrate an understanding of the difficulties associated with the management of PHN to provide safe and effective pain relief and to improve the patient’s quality of life.

Correspondence Sharon.doble@cardiffandvale.wales.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 22, 39,49-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.06.22.39.49.c6569

Published in print: 04 June 2008

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review