FDA Warns of Use of Numbing Creams - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/16/09

FDA Warns of Use of Numbing Creams

The FDA has issued a new warning about skin numbing products after receiving reports of two women who died after using them before undergoing laser hair removal. 

Skin numbing products contain drugs like lidocaine in a cream or gel form.  They are used to desensitize nerve endings near the surface of the skin.  FDA experts say if they're not used by someone who is qualified they can enter the blood stream and cause irregular heartbeat, seizures, breathing problems, even death. 

Yet, some consumers are using these products on their own and the concern is applying too much in one area can make numbing products much stronger than necessary and potentially dangerous.

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