Emla Cream 5% 5g s is suitable if you plan to use Emla occasionally and if you only need to numb a small area of skin (e.g. for vaccinations or blood tests).

A 5g tube is typically enough for two applications of Emla Cream. 

How does Emla Cream work?

Emla Cream contains prilocaine and lidocaine, two active ingredients that help numb the skin for at least two hours. When Emla cream is applied to the skin, the lidocaine and prilocaine help prevent pain signals passing from that area to the brain thus helping to ease the pain otherwise caused by needles or minor cosmetic skin procedures.

What is Emla Cream used for?

  • It can be used to numb the skin before needle procedures such as injections, vaccinations, blood tests and cannula insertions.
  • It can be used prior to cosmetic skin procedures involving needles or lasers e.g. tattoo application and laser hair removal.
  • It can be used with children of any age (from full-time birth) prior to needle procedures, including childhood immunisations to reduce pain and make it less distressing for you or your child when visiting a doctor. (Note: if using for a child less than 1-year-old, you must remove the cream after one hour).

How long does Emla's Anaesthetic last for? 

If follow Emla's instructions, the applied area of the skin should remain numb for around 2 hours and would be enough time to carry out most minor procedures or for injection. 



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