oa South African Family Practice - Postherpetic neuralgia in everyday practice : CPD article

Volume 54, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication following 10% of herpes zoster infections. It is a complex pain syndrome, thought to be driven by peripheral factors and central nervous system sensitisation. Herpes zoster is common in South Africa. It is important to identify high-risk patients and intervene early to reduce the likelihood and severity of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). This review discusses a stepwise approach to the treatment of PHN in primary care.

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