How to apply emla Cream

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

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.

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

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 click here.

For more information speak to your pharmacist or doctor

Emla Cream:

Topical anaesthetic cream

for use prior to the following procedures:

  • Needle insertions e.g. blood sampling
  • Vaccinations
  • Superficial surgical procedures
  • Split skin grafting (transplantation of skin)
  • Cleaning of leg ulcers
  • Minor superficial cosmetic procedure e.g. hair removal, tattoo removal

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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