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Postherpetic Neuralgia

At New York Spine Institute, we have the resources ready to combat your postherpetic neuralgia.

Postherpetic neuralgia is a common complication of shingles. The condition lasts far beyond the visible rash caused by shingles, as it agitates the nerve fibers and skin in the affected area. This can cause burning, sensitivity, and itching. While there is no cure, postherpetic neuralgia often improves over time.

At the New York Spine Institute, we have several offices in greater New York City, Long Island, White Plains and Newburgh, NY. To see one of our spine specialists, please schedule a consultation with us today.


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Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS is the lead medical doctor at NY Spine. He is internationally recognized in his field, and uses his decades of experience to combat any conditions a patient presents.*

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Understanding the Causes Of Postherpetic Neuralgia

Postherpetic Neuralgia is neuropathic pain that presents itself along the course of a nerve. The affected area can feel a number of uncomfortable sensations, such as burning, stabbing pain, and agitation.

Symptoms include:

  • A constant burning sensation
  • Sharp intervals of burning or stabbing pain
  • Sensitivity to touch and temperature change
  • Headaches

Diagnosing Your Postherpetic Neuralgia

Postherpetic Neuralgia is a common condition following shingles. By examining your health history in relation to chicken pox and shingles, doctors can understand if postherpetic neuralgia is a possibility as the source of your discomfort. After a skin examination, a diagnosis should be evident. No further tests are usually required.

Treatment Options For Postherpetic Neuralgia

The CDC recommends that all adults over 50 receive the Shingrix vaccine. The CDC says that the two-dose vaccine is over 90 percent effective in preventing shingles and postherpetic neuralgia. While there is no one treatment that works for all individuals, a combination of treatments often proves effective in limiting discomfort caused by postherpetic neuralgia.

Treatments include:

  • Lidocaine skin patches
  • Capsaicin skin patches
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Steroid Injections

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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