FDA Warns Against Hazards of Topical Numbing Agents

Topical anesthetics, or skin numbing agents, are sold over the counter to treat minor burns, insect bites, poison ivy, and minor cuts. The creams and gels are now under advisory from the FDA. A statement released by the agency January 16 cautions consumers about the potential life threatening effects from improperly using the skin numbing anesthetics, and the warning targets women who use the products for special procedures, two of whom died.

The letter from the FDA especially targets women who use Lidocaine on large skin areas, covered with plastic wrap before undergoing mammogram screening. Lidocaine eases the discomfort associated with mammogram. The FDA is concerned that widespread use of the tactic will lead to an increase in health risks associated with topical anesthetics. The letter states, "As women become more aware of information from this study via Internet sites or word of mouth, increased use of the drug may result in an increase in severe adverse events."

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