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#124220 - 06/23/17 04:15 AM Over the counter numbing cream
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Electrolysis is extremely painful for me. I've tried ice, ibuprofen, but nothing works. Is there an over the counter numbing cream I can get? Or any other suggestions?

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#124222 - 06/23/17 08:29 AM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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Ask your operator to message me for free sample assortments. The IBP may or may not help but it costs nothing to find out.
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#124224 - 06/23/17 09:35 AM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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If you're in the US, I've used Numbmaster (5% lidocaine), Aspercreme (4% lidocaine). These have helped.

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#124318 - 07/10/17 10:00 PM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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EMLA cream is another option.

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#124319 - 07/10/17 11:12 PM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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LMX 5% is what I have been using for several years now and it does wonders to take control pain. I'm not sure if a better formula exists OTC and it's equal to EMLA prescription. I get mine from Amazon.

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#124321 - 07/11/17 04:47 PM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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My last electrologist used recticare on me, and it did nothing at all. I told her I was super sensitive to pain and so she let the stuff sink in for over 30 minutes and it still did nothing at all for me. I wasn't able to get past the first hair. Not her fault at all, I'm just that much of a wimp about pain.

What to do now?


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#124322 - 07/11/17 06:30 PM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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I don't think any topical cream can effectively numb in 30 minutes. Even the Rx EMLA requires 1 hour, 30 minutes to numb. I leave LMX 5% for 2 hours to get full effect.

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#124323 - 07/12/17 03:29 AM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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I've always been able to get EMLA without a prescription, just over the counter. You have to ask the pharmacist directly though, and they hand it to you. Maybe the laws have changed since then, because that was years ago. Zensa cream is another option.

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#124326 - 07/13/17 01:56 PM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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Emla is OTC in Canada.
Numbskin is a higher dose of lidocane and less hassle to get in the USA. It is only more expensive than EMLA if one has a co-pay to purchase prescription EMLA while one would be paying full price for Numbskin. If one were to purchase both at full price, the Numbskin would cost less.


Edited by James W. Walker VII (07/13/17 01:59 PM)
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#124328 - 07/15/17 10:52 AM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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Hi James,

Thanks for sharing. How would you compare Numbskin to LMX brand if you have experience with LMX?

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#124329 - 07/15/17 11:02 AM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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I noticed an ad on TV. Seems Blue-Emu is producing a lidocane compound. Has anybody tried it ?
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#124352 - Today at 02:39 AM Re: Over the counter numbing cream [Re: Ilovemusic3]
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I'll say this since no one else did.
Some people are indeed very sensitive, but most people can handle electrolysis.

The first thing that I would rule out is a bad electrologist, because it is not only the discomfort you are dealing with, but also the effectiveness of your treatment could be compromised.

Get test patches from different electrologists in your area, and you may just be surprised to discover that they all are not created equal. I get clients coming to me all the time with stories about the pain they used to endure with another electrologist, and/or that they've been in treatment for 2 years or longer without visible results.

Also, before giving your verdict on a topical, make sure that you are applying it correctly: a thick layer, occluded with a plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out, 60-90 minutes before treatment. Most 5% Lidocaine creams and gels are effective if used correctly, even the cheap ones you can buy on Amazon
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