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About Post-Herpetic Neuralgia

Post-herpetic neuralgia is the most common complication of shingles and primarily affects individuals over the age of 60. The condition affects nerve fibers and the skin. It results in constant burning pain that outlasts the rash and blisters of the shingles itself. The pain and sensitivity caused by post-herpetic neuralgia can present a major obstacle in performing daily tasks and enjoying time with family and friends. At UT Health Austin, we are dedicated to reducing and relieving your pain so you can focus on what really matters.

Post-Herpetic Neuralgia Treatment at UT Health Austin

In addition to evaluating your medical history and conducting a thorough physical examination, your doctor will examine your skin and apply gentle pressure to determine the borders of the affected area. Your treatment plan may include a skin patch (bandage-like patch that contains a topical pain-relieving medication), pain reliever, anti-seizure medication, and steroid injection. Your care team is dedicated to relieving your pain so you can perform daily tasks and enjoy life.

Care Team Approach

We have assembled a team of experts that includes a Pain Medicine Physician, Interventional Pain Management Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatrist, and Pharmacist to treat your needs. Our team is here to listen and collaborate to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.