Topical anaesthetics

Anaesthetics work by desensitising an area of the body. Topical anaesthetics are often used to numb parts of the skin prior to a minor procedure.

  1. Help to prevent pain
  2. Useful for those with anxiety related to needles
  3. Simple to administer

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Emla

Emla

  1. Simple to use anaesthetic
  2. Prescribed off-label for PE
  3. Gets to work quickly
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Description

Anaesthetics are used to prevent the nerve endings from emitting pain signals in a particular area during a surgical procedure. In minor cases involving the skin, such as during the administration of an injection or vaccination, wart removal or cryotherapy, a local anaesthetic may be distributed over the area of skin affected in order to help the process pass with the minimum amount of discomfort.

Insulin injections are a common fixture for many people living with type-1 diabetes, as are blood sugar tests, which are also undertaken with a needle. Vaccinations tend to be more often issued to those travelling abroad to a tropical location for a prolonged period; and to those who are susceptible to opportune infections such as flu.

People undergoing various cosmetic procedures, such as a tattoo, ear piercing or wart removal, may be required to stay seated and remain still for a period of time. When needles or incisions are being placed in the skin, this can understandably prove troublesome for many, and might also cause feelings of anxiety.

EMLA Cream is an example of a topically applied local anaesthetic which can help to desensitise an area of skin. It contains prilocaine and lidocaine.

These work by preventing chemicals from reacting with nerve endings under the skin, a process which plays an integral role in the transmission of pain signals to the brain. By interfering with this reaction, EMLA stops pain signals from being sent to the brain and reduce the amount of pain felt, creating numbness in the area of application.

Please note that EMLA is not currently licensed for use in procedures involving a tattoo (such as having a tattoo or a laser tattoo removal). When issued by a doctor for this use, it is prescribed off-label.

If you’re looking to buy a topical anaesthetic to use before a minor cosmetic procedure, such as those described above, you can order it online through our safe and secure consultation service. Fill in our medical questionnaire, and your case will be reviewed by one of our registered prescribers. Once approved, your order will be shipped by next day courier.

Page last reviewed:  09/10/2018
Types of Treatment

Creams and sprays are the typical form of issue for dermal anesthesia.

EMLA Cream is one such item.

How does it work?

EMLA contains prilocaine and lidocaine.

These ingredients function by preventing sodium from reacting with nerve endings under the skin to produce pain signals. When these pain signals are blocked from transmitting to the brain, the area of application becomes numb and a significant reduction in pain (if any whatsoever) is felt during the skin procedure which follows.

What are the side effects?

The side effects may vary depending on the method of application.

However, those more commonly associated with EMLA include tingling, a slight and temporary change in skin colour where the treatment is applied, or swelling.

Can I take it with other medications?

It depends mostly on which other treatments you are using. Tell your prescriber about any other medicines you are currently taking during consultation.

Page last reviewed:  09/10/2018
Question and Answers

What’s the difference between the medications?

EMLA contains a topical anaesthetic. It is a cream, whereas other treatments may sometimes be given in the form of a spray.

Should I use EMLA Cream?

It depends on the procedure you are having done and where on the body it is taking place. EMLA Cream should only be used on the surface of the skin.

Ask your doctor or consult the product page for more information.

Are there different side effects?

The side effects may vary slightly according to the area where the cream is being used. More commonly, local anaesthetics when applied to the skin may cause tingling or slight and temporary paleness.

Is it right for me?

If you aren’t sure, it’s best to ask your doctor or pharmacist. The practitioner undertaking your procedure may also offer guidance.

If you’ve used EMLA before and want to order it online, because you have a minor procedure planned, you can do so through our secure pharmacy platform. Click ‘buy now’ to be taken to our consultation facility, where you’ll be prompted to complete a medical questionnaire. Following approval from our doctor, a prescription will be issued and dispensed at our UK pharmacy. Most medicines are delivered in one working day.

Page last reviewed:  09/10/2018
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