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Diplomate American Board of Anesthesiology
and Pain Management

Shingles and Post Herpetic Neuralgia

Shingles is a rash of pustules that occurs on the skin and is caused by the chicken pox virus. Up to 20 percent of those people who get shingles may develop post herpetic neuralgia, a chronic severe pain condition.

Shingles may erupt from the body in the elderly or immunosuppressed and is usually treated with an antiviral medication.

Post herpetic neuralgia may be so painful that patients may choose not to wear any clothing over the painful area.

A variety of nerve blocks, medications, and acupuncture are available at the offices of Dr. Nolan Tzou to treat post herpetic neuralgia.