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The best treatment for herpes zoster's neuropathy?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Post herpetic

Post herpetic neuralgia is a very painful condition that can occur after an outbreak of shingles which is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus usually occurring in older people.
It can be very tough to treat. Different nerve pain medications can be helpful. Topical Lidocaine patches can help and there is also a topical capsaicin patch that is applied for one hour in the office. Nerve blocks occ.

In brief: Post herpetic

Post herpetic neuralgia is a very painful condition that can occur after an outbreak of shingles which is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus usually occurring in older people.
It can be very tough to treat. Different nerve pain medications can be helpful. Topical Lidocaine patches can help and there is also a topical capsaicin patch that is applied for one hour in the office. Nerve blocks occ.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
In refractory cases spinal cord stimulator system implants can give dramatic relief.
Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Complicated

There are no definitively effective therapies.
Sometimes Gabapentin and its cogeners may help, application of capsiacin containing creams or lotions provides temporary relief, and of course immunization to help to limit the future exacerbations can be beneficial. But unfortunately there are no cures of which I am aware.

In brief: Complicated

There are no definitively effective therapies.
Sometimes Gabapentin and its cogeners may help, application of capsiacin containing creams or lotions provides temporary relief, and of course immunization to help to limit the future exacerbations can be beneficial. But unfortunately there are no cures of which I am aware.
Dr. Martin Raff
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