Reduce Dermal Pain

The skin and all of its structures are known as the integumentary system.  The skin is the largest organ of the body.  The skin consists of three tissue layers, which are the epidermis, the dermis and subcutaneous fat.  There are more than a million sensory receptors distributed throughout human skin. These sensory receptors allow us to experience pain, heat, cold, touch, and pressure.

As the skin is our other protective covering, it is susceptible to minor irritations – abrasions, sun burns, insect bites – that can cause pain or itchy sensations.  Topical anesthetics can be used to temporarily relieve pain and discomfort.

Common Dermal Pain Related Questions

What is a topical anesthetic?

A topical anesthetic is a drug applied externally to anesthetize the skin and reduce sensation of pain and discomfort.  At the site of application, they block the nerve conduction, thereby producing a temporary loss of sensation.  While using them, one must be mindful of the area and duration of application, as well as potential side effects.1

Topical anesthetics comes in various forms including creams, ointments and gels.  The amount of water that makes up the compound is what distinguishes it between a gel, cream, and ointment.

Woman applying LMX4 topical cream to forearm

What are the uses of topical anesthetics?

Topical anesthetics temporarily relieve the pain and itching associated with minor cuts, minor skin irritations, scrapes, burns, sunburn, and insect bites.

What should I look for when evaluating a topical anesthetic cream?

  • Clinically proven to be safe and effective
  • Easy and painless to apply
  • Available without a prescription
  • Cost effective

Will areas not in contact with the topical anesthetic become affected?

Areas of skin not in contact with the cream will not be affected.

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4676230/