This medication is used on the skin to stop itching and pain from certain skin conditions (such as scrapes, minor burns, insect bites) and to treat minor discomfort and itching caused by hemorrhoids and certain other problems of the genital/anal area (such as anal fissures, itching around the vagina/rectum). Benzocaine is a local anesthetic that works by causing temporary numbness/loss of feeling in the skin.
How to use
If you are using the over-the-counter product to self-treat, read all directions on the product package before using this medication. If you have any questions, consult your pharmacist. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, use it as directed.
Before use, clean and dry the affected area as directed. Apply a thin layer of medication to the affected area of skin as directed.
If you are using the spray, shake the can well before using. Hold the can 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) from the affected area and spray until wet. Do not spray near your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Do not use on large areas of the body, cover the area with waterproof bandages or plastic, or apply heat unless directed to do so by your doctor. Doing so may increase the risk of serious side effects.
Wash your hands right after use unless you are treating an area on the hands. Avoid getting the product in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If the medication gets in these areas, rinse right away with plenty of water.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not use more of this product, use it more often, or use it longer than directed.
If your condition lasts or gets worse, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away.
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