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What are the best over-the-counter topical anesthetic?

What are the best over-the-counter topical anesthetic?

Agree with Dr. Grin: In addition to the Bengay, aspercreme and sportscreme recommended by Dr. Grin - Tiger Balm and Traumeel can also help with musculoskeletal pain.

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Dr. James Krick
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What is the most effective over-the-counter topical anesthetic?

What is the most effective over-the-counter topical anesthetic?

Benzocaine: Topical preparations that contain Benzocaine (an ester-type local anesthetic) are probably the most effective "anesthetics". If you mean "analgesics" (i.e. Pain relief) then other compounds may work as well or better. Depends on what you are treating.

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If I need episiotomy. Will a topical anesthetic help?

Yes: The OB md will usually inject a local anesthetic of the "caine" family before making the incision.

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What type of topical anesthetic is best for electrolysis?

What type of topical anesthetic is best for electrolysis?

Electrolysis: If done right it is usually not painful and does not require topical anesthesia.

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Why are topical anesthetic for hood piercing "unethical"?

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 work, but in the case of a hood piercing (i assume clitoral hood?) it may not be as effective as injected anesthesia. If the person doing the piercing denies you adequate anesthesia then I would simply go elsewhere. A challenging question.

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What are the common and safest topical anesthetic for teething children?

What are the common and safest topical anesthetic for teething children?

Baby Orajel Naturals: Is the one I like best. However, chewing on something cold and firm is helpful for teething. One idea is to give them a damp washcloth that as been frozen in the freezer to chew on. Commercial teeth rings that can be frozen are available as well. Teething is a normal process. I would avoid medication like painkillers unless absolutely necessary. Most babies really don't need them.

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What's a topical anesthetic agent?

Numb skin: Administration of topical anesthetics to control pain associated with procedures such as laceration repair may avoid the need for infiltrative local anesthesia injections and associated pain from the injections. Topical anesthesia also avoids the risk of wound margin distortion that exists with infiltrative injection administration. Many dosage forms exist (gels, sprays, creams, ointments, patch).

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What is the best over the counting topical anesthetic? Which can you recommend?

Lido Cream 5: It is formulated using the highest concentration of Lidocaine allowed without a prescription, typically used to reduce pain.

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Can topical anesthetic be used to relieve hemorrhoids?

Can topical anesthetic be used to relieve hemorrhoids?

Kind of, No: Many of the agents used for hemorrhoids, as topicals, they provide symptomatic relief for the hemorrhoids. However, they do nothing to treat the hemorrhoids themselves. If you are considering dibucaine 2% ointment or equivalent Lidocaine ointment, should be fine, but won't change things for the long term.

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Could we use mild topical anesthetic creams for cancer patients?

Yes,: But you need to discuss with doctor, depending on condition and area of surface to apply could cause toxicity

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Can one use a topical anesthetic for a cervical biopsy?

Can one use a topical anesthetic for a cervical biopsy?

Yes: A "local" injection-like novocaine in your skin-will probably work better.

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I cannot they use a topical anesthetic for a cervical biopsy?

Biopsy: A cervical (cone) biopsy is a fairly large piece of tissue so a topical is unlikely to help much. Also, the local anesthetic could theoretically change the appearance of cells under the microscope for the pathologist. This is often done under significant sedation of a spinal anesthetic.

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What is a good topical anesthetic for itching of mosquito bites?

What is a good topical anesthetic for itching of mosquito bites?

Mosquito bites: Hydrocortisone cream or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream generally work well. There is also sarna cream which is camphor and works well for itch too. I like to use it cold, so I store it in the fridge. Works really well to stop itch before bed and get a good nights sleep. You can also take oral antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) but they can make you sleepy. Non sedating, like Claritin don't work as well for itch imo.

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Is it okay for me to use an oral topical anesthetic gel on my hemorrhoids?

Yes: In fact commercial peparations of Lidocaine ointment are sold for just that purpose.

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Why can't the doctor apply like a topical anesthetic prior to the biopsy?

S/he can and usually: Does. Biopsy involves removal of some tissue and is almost always done by anesthetizing the site or the patient.

Dr. Patrick McCleskey
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