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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Schifilliti
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Avoid if possible: We know the oral use causes birth defects. The topical appears safer, but seriously, unless the problem you are treating is extreme, i would avoid it.

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary-Anthony Lawson-Boucher
22 years experience Anesthesiology
Local anesthetic: No. The topical agent may cross the epidermis, but won't get deep into the dermis.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
27 years experience Pain Management
Numb skin: Administration of topical anesthetics to control pain associated with procedures such as laceration repair may avoid the need for infiltrative local a ... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
61 years experience Family Medicine
Topical: No, but you can buy them OTC
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary-Anthony Lawson-Boucher
22 years experience Anesthesiology
Anesthetics: Any pharmacy or supermarket sells different formulations of local anesthetics.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: The OB md will usually inject a local anesthetic of the "caine" family before making the incision.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Topical anesthetics: Bengay, aspercreme and sportscreme are the most common and most efficient. Hope it helps.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
25 years experience Dermatology
Hmmm...: If someone desires a hood piercing and elects to have some sort of topical anesthesia then i don't believe it is unethical. Topical anesthesia can wor ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
39 years experience Pain Management
Electrolysis: If done right it is usually not painful and does not require topical anesthesia.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Tyson
39 years experience Pain Management
Benzocaine: Topical preparations that contain Benzocaine (an ester-type local anesthetic) are probably the most effective "anesthetics". If you mean "analgesics" ... Read More
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