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Post-Herpetic Neuralgia

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is caused by damage that occurs to the peripheral nerve fibers during a shingles infection. On average, one out of every five patients with shingles develops PHN. However, the risk of having the condition increases with age. People over age 60 who have had shingles have as much as a 50 percent chance of developing PHN.

Our Approach to Post-Herpetic Neuralgia

Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) can cause intense pain that may linger for months. At UCSF, we specialize in treating patients whose pain hasn't responded to more common treatments for PHN. We offer many pain relief options, including skin patches with high levels of capsaicin, a compound found in jalapeño peppers that can alleviate PHN pain.

Our team of experts reviews each patient's case thoroughly to determine the best treatment or combination of treatments for that individual. Our goal is to reduce or eliminate pain, allowing our patients to return to the activities they enjoy.

Awards & recognition

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    Among the top hospitals in the nation

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    Best in California and No. 2 in the nation for neurology & neurosurgery

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.