Lidocaine numbing cream is a form of topical anesthetic used to relieve pain. Lidocaine is a local amide anesthetic that inhibits the transmission of nerve signals to the brain. It is a common ingredient in over-the-counter pain medicines, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, as well as in gels and soaps.
Lidocaine cream can be used for large numb areas of skin. If the numbness spreads to the lips, mouth, and throat, the person may have trouble swallowing or may experience difficulty breathing. It can also numb drip fittings and blood taking. However, this numbing cream is unsuitable for children under six.
Prescription lidocaine cream is more potent than over-the-counter creams, so it should be used under physician supervision. Lidocaine toxicity can be dangerous, leading to seizures, arrhythmias, coma, and death. You may have symptoms of lidocaine toxicity if you are experiencing headaches, difficulty focusing, twitching, dizziness, chest pain, shakiness, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, or difficulty swallowing.
When applying lidocaine cream, apply it to the right area. If it is too cold, the skin may be numb. It should be used on the outer layer rather than the inner skin. The skin will usually return to its normal color after a few hours. It is also recommended that you avoid the use of lidocaine cream on cold and dry skin.
Before you apply lidocaine, clean the area with soap and water to prevent infection. It would help if you also used an alcohol-based hand cleanser to remove debris from your hands. When using the numbing cream, it is important to apply it using a glove. It would help if you did not rub or scratch the numb area.
If you use a prescription-strength numbing cream, it should be used at least three to four times a day. In addition to using it three to four times a day, you should also allow it to be reapplied every six to eight hours. If you plan to use more than one bottle of numbing cream, you must know how many bottles to buy. A pharmacist can help you figure out how many bottles of lidocaine cream you can safely use.
While lidocaine numbing cream can relieve painful procedures, it is not a good choice for tattoo removal. It can lead to severe disability, so you should not take a strong numbing cream to your tattoo appointment.