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Emla Side Effects

Have you recently been prescribed Emla cream and are you worried about the possible side effects that it may have upon your health. Well you need not worry any more. In this article we will cover just what this medicine is what possible side effects that it may cause you. However, as with any medication, don’t take it without being advised to do so by a medical professional.

What is Emla cream?

Emla cream is a local anesthetic that contains two local numbing agents – lidocaine and prilocaine. The cream works by blocking off nerve signals to that area of skin, and thus resulting in it being numb. This way the area of skin that has the cream, still can feel touch and pressure, but it should no longer be able to receive pain signals. Know more here!

What should I tell my doctor before using Emla cream?

Before using this cream you should consult your doctor and let them know about any existing conditions that you have that could possibly be affected by taking this medicine. If you have any of the following then you should let your doctor know beforehand. A blood cell disorder, any type of liver disease, a genetic enzyme deficiency (primarily glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase G6PD deficiency) or a family history of methemoglobinemia or any type of genetic enzyme deficiency. You should also advise the doctor if there is any chance that you may be pregnant or not.

What are the side effects of Emla cream?

As with all types of medicine Emla cream also has its side effects. Some of the most serious are the following, and in the case that any of these should occur you should contact your doctor immediately. Severe burning, stinging or irritation of the skin in the area that the cream was applied, swelling or redness of the skin, sudden dizziness or drowsiness right after the medicine is applied, confusion, blurred vision and ringing in your ears, bruising or a purple appearance to the skin and unusual sensations of temperature. However, there also are some more mild side effects that you should keep an eye out for: mild burning in the application area of the cream, rashes or irritation to the skin, or changes in the colour of the skin in the area of the skin that the cream was applied to.

 

It should still be taken into account that if at any moment you feel like the cream is affecting your overall well-being then get in contact as soon as possible with your medical professional and stop taking it right away. Emla cream is a great medicine but it should always be used with caution and under the suggestion of a trained medical professional, once they have already revised your medical history and your current condition and have reached the conclusion that this is the correct medication for you, whilst taking into account any pre-existing conditions that you may have. For more details, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_anesthetic