A numbing cream is a topical anesthetic that can be applied to the skin to reduce the immediate feeling of pain and produce numbness. The cream is used for a variety of applications such as needle injections, tattooing, body piercing, laser tattoo removal, body waxing, and other dermatological procedures.

It works by blocking the pain signal sent by the nerve endings on the skin. When applied to the affected area, a feeling of numbness follows after 20-30 seconds. The numbing cream is very useful but also has many side effects. It’s important to understand that if you are allergic to Lidocaine (which is prime ingredient of numbing cream) or you have very sensitive skin, you should not use it without consulting a doctor.

Side effects of numbing cream

Using numbing cream following the instructions on the label is very important. If you use it less than required, you won’t have a numbing effect. However, using it excessively can lead to many side effects. Some of the side effects are as follows.

  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • Hives or skin rash
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Fast breathing
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Ringing in the ears

Overuse of numbing creams may also affect the central nervous system causing lightheadedness, nervousness, blurred or double vision, altered sensations, changes in respiration, change in heartbeat,decreased blood pressure, and symptoms of cardiac arrest.

If you any feel any these symptoms call 911 immediately. These side-effects usually appear in people who have extremely sensitive skin or different disorders of the skin.

If you know you have a sensitive skin, it is betterto talk to the doctor about the possibility of using numbing cream. Doctor can advise you against the use of numbing cream if you have sensitive skin, or could develop skin sensitivity because of any ingredient in a numbing cream.

Itchiness can occur immediately after the application or later, while the redness is commonly described as the swelling and flare. The numbing creams like Dr. numb is used before the tattooing, so it’s important to read the procedure of the cream before applying on the skin.

Applying large amounts of skin-numbing creams and lotions that are used for cosmetic procedures can lead to life-threatening side-effects, so be careful consult your doctor and don’t take any kind of risks while using these creams.Numbing cream should be washed off the hands completely. It should never be applied to broken skin.

FAQs of numbing cream

Is numbing cream safe?

The whole process of the numbing cream is depend on how you use it. If you use it less it will not numb the area or using it in large amount can leads to side effects.  It is very important to use numbing cream carefully before you going for tattoo.

How to use numbing cream?

Apply a generous portion of the cream,almost1mm thick. After that cover the area with cling paper or cheesecloth like material, let it remain covered for around 45 minutes to 1 hour. After one hour wipe it with damp cloth. Important instruction; don’t apply it for more than one hour.

How would you feel after applying numbing cream?

You shall feel cold and numb in the area that you have applied the numbing cream on. During the tattooing or hair removal process, you should feel almost negligible pain for the first hour.

What are the ingredients of numbing cream?

Lidocaine, prilocaine, benzocaine and tetracaine are commonly found in numbing creams. Some prescription topical anesthetics, such as EMLA — eutectic mixture of local anesthetics — contain a combination of drugs. EMLA is not good to use before tattooing.

Reference Links:

http://www.drnumb.com/blog/what-are-the-ingredients-of-dr-numb-cream/

http://www.rxlist.com/elimite-side-effects-drug-center.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/119348-tattoo-numbing-cream/