If you don’t have sensory issues, maybe you don’t mind getting blood drawn.  But for those of us with sensory issues, the phlebotomist is a source of dread.

Now help is on the way.

Your local pharmacy probably stocks all manner of topical anesthetics, usually marketed at Toothache Relief products with names like Orajel.    These gels and liquids contain 10-20% Benzocaine (or a similar anesthetic).

Next time you are dreading a blood draw or a flu shot, buy some topical anesthetic and apply it to the site you’re about to get stuck, and say goodbye to needlestick pains.


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