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Procedure: Having a Local Anaesthetic

A local anaesthetic is used to prevent pain during minor procedures such as removing moles or stitching cuts. The anaesthetic drug numbs the nerve endings around the site where it is administered. A local anaesthetic is usually given by injection, although it may also be applied in a cream or as a spray.

Injection site

During the procedure

The local anaesthetic is given in one or more injections in the skin around the site to be treated. The drug becomes effective after a few minutes.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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