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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Anesthetic (Definition)

Anesthetics's are a class of drugs which cause a reversible loss of sensation. The 2 main classes are general and local. General anesthetics cause unconsciousness and total loss of sensation. Local anesthetics cause loss of sensation ...Read more


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

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 necessary. Most babies really don't need them. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Where is the topical anesthetic placed before the dentist administers the local anesthesia?

Where is the topical anesthetic placed before the dentist administers the local anesthesia?

See below: Topical anesthisa is placed in the area where needle would penetrate the mucosa. For upper teeth it's immediately next to the tooth being worked at but for lower teeth it is on the far back side or midways in your arch. ...Read more

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I have had a hemorrhoid for a week, and been using a topical anesthetic. it has not helped. how do I get rid of it? who do I consult? Based in Cape Town.

Consult: Have it seen to, as it might have thrombosed, which means it might need to be drained. Sometimes surgery is needed if conservative treeatment fails... It might be rubber banding, injecting, or formal removal. ...Read more

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Could the doc use a topical anesthetic for cervical biopsy?

Not effective: A cervical biopsy will involve removing tissue deep into the cervix requiring more analgesia than a topical anesthetic could deliver. The topical would only give some relief to superficial cervical cells. Many gyn perform a paracervical block which is 2 small injections of Lidocaine on the sides of the cervix causing anesthesia of the deep cervix. ...Read more

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Which topical anesthetic is safe to use b4 getting blood work? I have severe needle phobia & I'm also very sensitive around my veins. URGENT PLEASE!!!

EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine): Is one of the more common but there are several on the market. They should be available to your provider ...Read more

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To take the pain away of the shot for an ingrown toenail is it better to ask for an oral sedative or a topical anesthetic?

Topical can help: Using a topical anesthetic cream such as Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) can help make the procedure more comfortable. One can put the cream on at home, about an hour before the procedure. Somebody else can do the driving to and from the doctor's office. Discuss such options with the doctor ahead of time. ...Read more

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What are common topical anesthetics used by dentists?

Topical Anesthetics : The most common topical anesthetics in dentistry are:
1. Benzocaine- gel or spray (most commonly used in 20%)
2. Lidocaine (viscous oral solution 2% solution)
3. Prilocaine 4. Tetracaine (18% benzocaine, 2% tetracaine). ...Read more

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What type of anesthetic should not be used when a patient is taking niphidipine medication??

What type of anesthetic should not be used when a patient is taking niphidipine medication??

Hi Mike!: Many pharmaceuticals are used in anesthesia & it would take a book to answer this seemingly simple question. Your anesthesiologist knows which ones s'he uses and can avoid those that might interact with calcium channel blockers like nifedipine. So as long as s'he knows that you're taking nifedipine (and which form) and you take the last dose when advised, you'll be okay. ...Read more

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The dentist may use anesthetic such as 0.3ml lidocaine with 1:100, 000 epinephrine. Would this interact/ have problems with my heart or BP medication.

The dentist may use anesthetic such as 0.3ml lidocaine with 1:100, 000 epinephrine. Would this interact/ have problems with my heart or BP medication.

Little concern: Stress from the procedure, particularly if you were not numb, would cause your body to release more Epinephrine than what is in the local anesthetic.
That said I do try to error on the side of caution depending on the heart condition by not using the maximum dose(approximately 8 full injections) and breaking up multiple procedures over several appointments. ...Read more

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Are anesthetic drugs considered a biohazard?

Yes: They need to be disposed of properly and should only be used in a facility that adheres to the proper guidelines of safe use and disposal. ...Read more

Dr. Patrick McCleskey
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Topical Anesthetic (Definition)

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