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    Question First aid Numbing agent?

    Anyone know of a good numbing agent for the skin that I can get my hands on to add to my Med Kit? (Pre Suture) Ok guys don't bust my balls on this one. LOL I don't want to hear remarks like... "Just put a bullet between your teeth". OK?.

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    Theres a product called 'biofreeze' (very inexpensive) which,if you can get free samples,comes in little packets.Its used for problematic sore muscles,but I wouldnt use it if 'surgery' or 'open wounds' are present.

    Arnica is an 'ointment' (natural) used for bruising and aids in rapid healing,I use it often and if allpied correctly will enhance healing (some Arnica products also have a numbing agent)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evolver View Post
    I don't want to hear remarks like... "Just put a bullet between your teeth". OK?.
    You won't. Dental care is as important as wound care, so everyone knows to bite down on soft objects... like a roll of gauze or a tightly wound wash cloth

    ok ok, I'm sorry. if you want to numb the skin itself use a hammer.

    lol, sorry bro, I couldn't help myself. According to a quick flex of my google fu, there are creams and gels that can numb areas of the skin.

    http://www.triocaine.com/index.asp?se=Google2

    is one such example, but beware the possible side effects.
    http://localhealthguideonline.com/ov...can-be-deadly/

    and I don't know if they'd be effective or not. Keep in mind I just did a cursory search to give you something to look at and have no direct experience in this area.

    Someone else will have better info on this I'm sure, but something else you could look into is vodka. I still need to research it myself but its supposed to work well as an antiseptic and may numb the wound as you clean it. Or you could use it as a general anesthetic by drinking it

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    ive used oragel before..it worked ok...took a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitunnelrat View Post
    You won't. Dental care is as important as wound care, so everyone knows to bite down on soft objects... like a roll of gauze or a tightly wound wash cloth

    ok ok, I'm sorry. if you want to numb the skin itself use a hammer.

    lol, sorry bro, I couldn't help myself. According to a quick flex of my google fu, there are creams and gels that can numb areas of the skin.

    http://www.triocaine.com/index.asp?se=Google2

    is one such example, but beware the possible side effects.
    http://localhealthguideonline.com/ov...can-be-deadly/

    and I don't know if they'd be effective or not. Keep in mind I just did a cursory search to give you something to look at and have no direct experience in this area.

    Someone else will have better info on this I'm sure, but something else you could look into is vodka. I still need to research it myself but its supposed to work well as an antiseptic and may numb the wound as you clean it. Or you could use it as a general anesthetic by drinking it
    I'm sorry, I just can't help myself either. Maybe it's my Michigander Blood??!!

    Evolver is my husband and I've gotten him hooked on this site and "Prepping". We are trying to divide our duties in so far as research.

    When he first told me about this post the first words out of my mouth were..."Take a big swig of whiskey and bite down on a large stick!!"

    Truth be told, I think I'm allergic to topical Benzocaine or any derivitive of it. When I was a kid (early 70's) I had a (really) bad sunburn and my mom ran to the store and bought me some Coppertone Sunburn Spray, main ingredient, Benzocaine. On top of the sunburn I broke out in huge hives and itched myself to death. I have since been paranoid of any "caine" with the exception of Novacaine for dental procedures and over the years I have made sure to list it in all my medical charts as an "allergy" including when I had my abdominal hysterectomy - the last thing I needed was to be "digging" at the sutures and staples that were holding my guts together. I guess it's time to re-try it but if anyone knows of an alternate numbing agent I would be most appreciative!

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    ooh... you mentioned a gut wound...

    Forgo the use of the hammer! I repeat, Forgo the use of the hammer! The potential for internal injuries is too great of a risk at that location.

    You do raise an interesting concern on possible allergic reactions, and I'm curious about this now. Let me do some looking around and I'll be back with the results of my next search. Oh, by the way, congratulations for working as a team.

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    Default numbing agent

    Lanacaine comes to mind, there are various otc products that kill the pain, solarcaine stops sunburn pain. Check with the drug store, just about anything ending in "caine" will work, my wife is a paramedic and this is what she just told me. Gasman

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    Thumbs up Thank you for that.

    Quote Originally Posted by mitunnelrat View Post
    Oh, by the way, congratulations for working as a team.
    As they say... "Two cars go around a track faster than one."

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    Ok, I might have something that could help you out here. I kept your concerns in mind and wondered if there were any herbal anesthetics available, which gave me a couple ideas, but to start, here is an article of the:

    History of Anesthetics
    http://www.grupobibliomed.com/?p=3

    As you read you'll see that I can't recommend any of the options listed in there because they're controlled substances and illegal, so I kept looking, and I came up with clove oil:

    http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-...clove-oil.html

    The obvious problem I ran into is applying the oil to a wound, so I looked into how one might do that and came up with poultices:

    http://www.moondragon.org/health/therapy/poultice.html

    There are other methods available too, such as salves and compresses, with information on both at this link:

    http://www.self-sufficient-life.com/...es/topical.htm

    Hopefully some of this helps, let me know whether or not its effective for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikean View Post
    ive used oragel before..it worked ok...took a while.
    ditto... I keep it in my field first aid kit for this reason.

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