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Topical Anesthetics - Medications that Numb & Anesthetize the Skin

Topical anesthetics include prescription products and over-the-counter products such as Lanacane. Topical anesthetics aid itching, deaden nerve endings and can provide local pain relief to the skin. To ease the pain of injections or needle sticks, topical anesthetics can also numb the skin before needle insertion, though it can take awhile for the numbing effect to work.
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Topical Anesthesia
EMLA can be used to anesthetize the skin before intramuscular injections and venipuncture. To be fully effective, EMLA should be applied at least 90 minutes before the procedure, from AAFP.

Gebauer's Topical Anesthetics
The Gebauer Company manufactures and distributes topical skin anesthetic products which are used for temporary relief of pain. Gebauer’s topical anesthetic skin refrigerant sprays are Rx only. Gebauer's Instant Ice is available over-the-counter, from Gebauer.

Anesthetics (Topical)
Topical anesthetics are used to relieve pain and itching caused by conditions such as sunburn or other minor burns, insect bites or stings, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, and minor cuts and scratches. Most topical anesthetics are available without a prescription. Topical anesthetics deaden the nerve endings in the skin, from drugs.com.

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