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What is EMLA Cream?
Published: 4th September, 2017 in: Conditions
EMLA cream is designed to block pain signals and is used as a local anesthetic that is applied directly to the skin to relive symptoms of pain.
What Can it be Used for?
EMLA cream is a popular treatment used prior to having a blood test or an injection. It contains two active ingredients Lidocaine and Prilocaine which numb the skin temporarily. It is commonly used before skin treatments such as wart removal, injections or minor skin operations and it numbs the area and provides fast pain relief. It can also be used on the genitals of adults.
Here is a full list of uses for EMLA cream:
- Skin grafts
- Genital wart removal
- Inserting catheters
- Taking blood
- Minor skin surgery
How to Use EMLA Cream
EMLA cream is designed to be applied directly to the skin and application advice differs depending on your specific requirements. If you plan to apply it yourself, dressings are required. Weldricks stock a pre-medication pack that comes with dressings. As a guide, the usual dose is between 1.5g to 2g.
You should not apply it to the genitals without a doctor or a nurse present. Ask a doctor or a nurse for advice on whether to apply it yourself or whether to have a professional apply it for you. When using EMLA cream, it is essential that you wash your hands thoroughly after use.
How Long Does It Last?
The local anesthetic EMLA cream should be applied around 15 minutes before the treatment but it will take up to one hour before it will provide pain relief. A smaller dose of 1g will be required for children and infants.