How to apply emla® Cream

For most procedures, emla® cream must be applied at least one hour before the start of the procedure.


how to apply cream step 1

Ensure that the skin is clean and dry. Press out sufficient quantity of cream onto the site of the procedure. Do not spread out the cream. For needle procedures in adults this is about 2g or half a 5g tube.


how to apply cream step 2

Take one of the enclosed occlusive dressings and remove the centre cut-out piece. Other occlusive dressings can be used if there is no dressing in pack. E.g. plastic film such as cling wrap should be stuck on with adhesive tape


how to apply cream step 3

Peel the paper liner from the paper framed dressing. Cover emla® cream so that you get a thick layer underneath. Smooth down the dressing edges carefully to avoid leakage. Remove the paper frame and mark the time of application on the occlusive dressing. Remove the occlusive dressing immediately before the procedure. Wipe off the cream and clean the area with alcohol. For more information visit

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Anaesthetic Cream

Topical anaesthetic cream
for use prior to the following procedures:

  • IV catheters
  • Blood sampling
  • Vaccination
  • Superficial surgical procedures, including split skin grafting
  • Minor superficial cosmetic procedures
  • Superficial surgical procedures
  • Cleansing or debridement of leg ulcers

Why choose emla?

emla® is recommended as a topical anaesthetic to numb the skin before certain procedures. emla patches are recommended for needle insertions, vaccinations, and anaesthesia of other small areas of skin. emla patches are available in packs of 2 or 20. emla cream is recommended for superficial surgical procedures, minor superficial cosmetic procedures, and anaesthesia of larger areas of skin. emla cream is available in 5g tubes with dressing or 30g tubes.

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