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Xylocaine Ointment 5% is a topical anesthetic that your doctor may prescribe to numb areas of your skin that are sore and irritated from sunburn or insect bites, when administering an injection, or to perform minor medical procedures. This is especially helpful when dealing with small children to avoid any exposure to pain.
When applied as directed Xylocaine Ointment 5% or generic Lidocaine is absorbed into your skin cells and stops sodium from entering the nerve endings at the pain site. This action will block the pathway of the pain signals to your brain so you will be completely unaware of the discomfort. Once applied, Xylocaine Ointment 5% takes about 20 – 30 seconds to numb the area and the effects should last from 30 minutes to an hour. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Skin irritations such as allergic rashes or insect bites can become annoyingly itchy. Every time you scratch the area, there is the possibility of breaking the skin or creating open lesions. Unless you stop the itch, you are risking a bacterial infection. Applying a thin layer of Xylocaine Ointment 5% can stop the irritation so your skin now has the chance to heal.
With the popularity of tattoos, many parlors have topical Lidocaine on hand in case the pain of the tattoo needles become too intense to deal with. The same goes for eyebrow threading and waxing so the procedure can be performed pain-free.
The burning and itching of hemorrhoids can interrupt your social life and make it near impossible to sit comfortably at work and concentrate on doing your job. Applying Xylocaine Ointment 5% can stop your distress in less than a minute as it blocks the pain signals so that you are able to concentrate on the task at hand instead of the embarrassing itch that you try to hide from co-workers and family.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on becoming pregnant, or are breast-feeding your baby before using Xylocaine Ointment 5% so it can be decided if this is the right medication for you. Discuss other medical conditions or allergies you have that could interfere with the use of Xylocaine Ointment 5% and list all current Rx drugs and non-prescription medications you are taking, including herbal preparations and dietary or vitamin supplements to be certain you can use this product safely.
Depending on where you have applied Xylocaine Ointment 5%, use caution when going about your daily tasks so you do not cause injury to the treated area because it is still numb. Keep Xylocaine Ointment 5% out of children’s reach and away from pets. Misuse and overuse can cause health risks so only apply a thin layer of Lidocaine where needed and do not cover the treated area or use it on large areas of skin. Never use Xylocaine Ointment 5% for teething babies as it can cause difficulty with swallowing.