Use Of Lidocaine On Adults With Open Wounds
Posted on June 02 2018
Lidocaine is a popular choice for reducing pain and discomfort occurring in surgical incisions, tattooing and piercing. Although Lidocaine is considered safe to apply on normal and unbroken skin, it can be carefully used on minor cuts and burns, but only by a professional doctor.
Generally people wonder if Lidocaine can be used on open wounds to provide instant relief from pain and tingling sensation. According to an advisory by the US Food and Drug Administration, Lidocainecannot be applied on open wounds as it can cause several side effects once it enters your blood stream.
Guidelines and recommendations
The guidelines suggest that 1% of Lidocaine is enough to apply on suturing wounds without epinephrine, and the same amount is recommended to relieve pain or discomfort in patients undergoing vacuum-assisted closure for wounds. However, there are still some contraindications and possible safety issues. Thus, it is important not to use Lidocaine without a medical prescription and doctor at home.
It was also stated that Lidocaine with epinephrine should never be used on open wounds and cuts, especially on the ears, nose, fingers, toes, or penis.
Uses of Lidocaine
Topical Lidocaine creams are used for a variety of skin and mucous membrane conditions, such as tattooing, sunburn, hair removal, minor cosmetic surgeries, scalp removal, hemorrhoids and laser tattoo removal. A particular type of Lidocaine cream in specific concentration depends on its intended use.
- Keep Lidocaine or numbing cream out of the reach of children and pets
- The overuse of Lidocaine cream can lead to fatal side effects.So, do not apply excessive Lidocaine cream on treated skin areas, and also do not wrap it with bandage or plastic film without any medical advice.
- Keep both used and unused Lidocaine skin patches out of the reach of children and pets. It could be harmful if they accidentally swallow the patch.
To ensure whether the Lidocaine topical cream is safe for your condition, aska doctor and ensure you don’t suffer from any of these conditions:
- Liver disease
- You take heart medicines
- You are pregnant
- If you are breastfeeding. Although it is not known whether Lidocaine topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. But prevention is certainly better than cure.
Guidelines to apply Lidocaine cream
Lidocaine works by reversibly blocking the nerves close to the treated part. Its application temporary turns off the sensation in a particular area. As told before, be extra careful while using any Lidocaine cream on minor cuts and burns. Here are precautions you must follow:
- Do not use Lidocaine without consulting a doctor and do not apply it over excessively broken skin or open wounds
- Wash your injured skin appropriately with water to remove the debris and dirt on it
- Pat it dry with a clean towel or cloth
- Apply antibiotic for first aid contents
- Wear surgical gloves and apply a generous layer of numbing cream appropriately
- Apply only on the area of skin where you feelpain or burning sensation
- Always read the guidelines given on the pack before applying
Recommended numbing cream
NumbSkin 30g with 5%Lidocaine is a recommended lidocaine cream in the USA and worldwide. Thetopical ointmentis consists of 5% active agent Lidocaine and 7.22% non-medicinal rapid acting base. It is non-oily, water based lidocaine cream, and has no side effects on skin, if applied carefully consulting a doctor. It is a registered product in Health Canada and is trademarked by the United States Patent, and Trademark Office. Therefore, you can be assured of its quality and safety.