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what is the definition or description of: xylocaine (lidocaine) allergy?

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Dr. Mark Newman
35 years experience Anesthesiology
Local anes. allergy: An allergy or allergic reaction to the local anesthetic lidocaine. There are 2 basic types of local anesthetic. Lidocaine is a member of the amide family of local anesthetics. True allergy vs side effects to the amide family of local anesthetics is rare.
Answered on Sep 13, 2014
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Dr. David Simons
38 years experience Anesthesiology
Often a reported allergy to a local anesthetic is actually due to a sensitivity to epinephrine. Epinephrine is added to extend the duration.
Dec 30, 2012
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
Very rare
Jan 3, 2013
Dr. Julius Mapalad
18 years experience Anesthesiology
I agree. True allergies to local anesthetics are very rare. Most complaints are side effect related. There are a small number of people who are allergic to the byproduct of local anesthetics, PABA. So if you have an allergy to para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), then you may have an allergy to local anesthetics. But again, very rare.
Jan 21, 2013

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