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Would emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream stop a lidocaine injection hurting on a toe?

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Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
Anesthesiology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

it would dull the needle pain make sure you give it al least 30 mins to work before the needle stick

In brief: Yes

it would dull the needle pain make sure you give it al least 30 mins to work before the needle stick
Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
Dr. Anthony Pollizzi
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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Would help--some

Topical freezing agents help a tiny bit with the needle stick, but the balance of the injection still hurts some underneath.
Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) can help more because it is a topical anesthetic, but it has to be applied well in advance of the injection (30+ minutes), plus the injection would still hurt to some degree, albeit less.

In brief: Would help--some

Topical freezing agents help a tiny bit with the needle stick, but the balance of the injection still hurts some underneath.
Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) can help more because it is a topical anesthetic, but it has to be applied well in advance of the injection (30+ minutes), plus the injection would still hurt to some degree, albeit less.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Dr. Brandon Macy
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream works as a topical anesthetic and if left ikn place long enough will help decrease the initial injection pain.

In brief: Yes

Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream works as a topical anesthetic and if left ikn place long enough will help decrease the initial injection pain.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Erin Robertson
General Practice

In brief: EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine) = lidocaine

Same stuff. Maybe, though probably not significantly.
If you leave an EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine) patch on a toe long enough that you won't feel the burn of lidocaine, you may not need the lidocaine itself. Depends on the reason for the anesthesia. If you can artfully inject the lidocaine (digit block) with NO epinephrine, you should be OK. It's more a style thing, probably useful for kids who fear that initial poke.

In brief: EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine) = lidocaine

Same stuff. Maybe, though probably not significantly.
If you leave an EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine) patch on a toe long enough that you won't feel the burn of lidocaine, you may not need the lidocaine itself. Depends on the reason for the anesthesia. If you can artfully inject the lidocaine (digit block) with NO epinephrine, you should be OK. It's more a style thing, probably useful for kids who fear that initial poke.
Dr. Erin Robertson
Dr. Erin Robertson
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In brief: Elma cream

It can certainly hlep if used by a professional.

In brief: Elma cream

It can certainly hlep if used by a professional.
Dr. Farshad Bathaee
Dr. Farshad Bathaee
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