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Topical Anesthetic Medication
Topical: No, but you can buy them OTC ...Read more
Anesthetics: Any pharmacy or supermarket sells different formulations of local anesthetics. ...Read more
Lido Cream 5: It is formulated using the highest concentration of Lidocaine allowed without a prescription, typically used to reduce pain. ...Read more
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
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
Lidocaine: Your dentist or md can prescribe topical lidocaine. ...Read more
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
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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Yes,: But you need to discuss with doctor, depending on condition and area of surface to apply could cause toxicity ...Read more
Yes: A "local" injection-like novocaine in your skin-will probably work better. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: In fact commercial peparations of Lidocaine ointment are sold for just that purpose. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
I am getting a breast biopsy done today. Instead of an injected local anesthetic, is it possible to use a topical anesthetic instead?
Well: Not recommended for you. You will have too much pain. Not a good way to gon ...Read more
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
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.
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