What is lidocaine? How it works? Does it pose side effects? Find your answers here.

Lidocaine is one of the widely used local anesthetics in numbing medication like numbing cream. Being an anesthetic, it dulls the pain receptors beneath your skin so that they can’t send pain signals to the brain.

This is why lidocaine topical medication is used for tattooing, piercing, surgical incisions and other processes causing pain and discomfort.

Apart from dermal processes and body art, lidocaine medication is also used to soothe the skin affecting from insect bites, sunburn, poison ivy, minor cut, burn and scratches. Lidocaine topical is also used to treat rectal discomfort caused by hemorrhoids.

Why Prefer Lidocaine Cream over Traditional Methods of Numbing?

There are many traditional methods of numbing the skin, including ice packs or painkiller. But they are not effective for the critical skin processes like tattooing or piercing. Lidocaine cream, on the other hand, is a strong concentrated formula of anesthetic which can keep your skin numb for couple of hours.

How to Use Lidocaine Topical Cream?

Make sure to read the guidelines on the pack before using the cream. Here are some general tips to use lidocaine topical cream…

  • Wash your skin (to be treated) with soap and water
  • Pat it dry
  • Apply lidocaine topical cream liberally to the skin
  • Wrap it with a plastic cling
  • Remove the wrap after one hour

What are the Side Effects of Lidocaine Anesthetic Cream?

Whereas numbing cream is safe, using it in a wrong way can lead to side effect. For example, excessive amount of lidocaine creams is dangerous as your skin can’t absorb it property, making you prone to uneven heartbeats, seizures, breathing problems, coma, or respiratory failure (breathing stops). Besides, wearing numbing cream shorter than prescribed time frame may affect the numbing efficiency. Avoid using the cream on broken skin like injuries as lidocaine can enter the bloodstream. In case of any emergency or you are not feeling well after using lidocaine, rush to the nearest healthcare provider. You can also seek emergency medical attention by calling at Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222.

What to Discuss with Your Physician before Using Lidocaine Topical?

Avoid using numbing cream if you have any health condition. Or it is better if you consult your physician, especially if you have liver disease, heart disease or skin condition. Also tell your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing mother.