How to Apply

A Step-by-step
guide to applying
Emla® CreaM
& PatcheS

how to apply

How to Apply Emla Cream

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

Step 1

how to apply emla cream
  • 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 of a 5g tube

Step 2

how to apply emla cream
  • 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

Step 3

how to apply emla cream
  • 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
  • You can find out more about using Emla in the Consumer Medicine Information leaflet or by talking to your doctor or pharmacist

For more information speak to your pharmacist or doctor

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Emla Cream

Over the counter skin numbing cream

For use prior to the following procedures:

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

 

How to Apply Emla Patch

Emla patch must be applied at least one hour before the procedure.

Step 1

how to apply emla patch
  • Make sure that the area of the skin to be anaesthetised is clean and dry
  • Take hold of the aluminium flap at the corner of the patch and bend it backwards
  • Next, take hold of the corner of the beige-coloured patch layer
  • Pull the two layers apart, separating the adhesive surface from the protective liner

Step 2

how to apply emla patch
  • Make sure you do not touch the white round pad which contains Emla
  • Apply patch to the intended area and press firmly around the edges

Step 3

how to apply emla patch
  • Time of application can be marked onto the corner of the patch taking care not to press the centre of the dressing. (A ballpoint pen may be used for this purpose)
  • You can find out more about using Emla in the Consumer Medicine Information leaflet or by talking to your doctor or pharmacist

For more information speak to your pharmacist or doctor

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Emla Patch

Over the counter skin numbing patch

For use prior to the following procedures:

  • Needle insertions e.g. blood sampling
  • Vaccinations
  • Superficial surgical procedures
  • Split skin grafting (transplantation of skin)

 

Why Choose Emla?

Emla is a topical anaesthetic that numbs the skin before certain procedures.

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Emla patches

Patches can be used for common needle procedures and superficial skin surgery. Emla patches are available in packs of 2 or 20.

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Emla cream

Cream can be used for common needle procedures, superficial skin surgery and minor superficial cosmetic skin procedures. Emla cream is available in 5g tubes with dressing or 30g tubes.