Skin numbing creams that are often used to soothe burning or itching skin as well as pain before, during and after various procedures, contain numbing drugs, including, lidocaine, tetracaine, benzocaine and prilocaine, may result in life-threatening consequences too. This warning by FDA is bound to confound you. Actually, FDA has come up with this warning after a 22-year-old woman and a 25-year-old woman who applied numbing creams after laser hair removal on their legs died.
Personally, I believe that some alternative of these skin numbing creams should be discovered, which are comparatively safer and carry no or minimal side effects. On this issue the following advice by FDA seems quite convincing, which states:
You should also discuss with your doctor whether there are other ways to reduce the pain you may feel during the procedure.
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