I had a very bad reaction to my lidocaine numbing cream today. I applied (as directed) one hour before my treatment to lower legs, bikini and underarms, and wrapped them in cellophane. I hopped in the car and headed off for my appt. I suddenly became dizzy, my heart was pounding/racing, and I thought I was going to faint. I made it to the clinic, but by the time I got there my mouth was so dry and numb, I couldn’t speak clearly enough to tell them what was going on. A nurse took my BP and pulse, both of which were very high. I was numb head-to-toe, nauseous, and my mouth tasted like metal. They laid me down and monitored me and things gradually got better. I decided to go ahead with my laser treatment (I was super numb!). They checked my BP and pulse before I went home, and things had settled down a lot. (This is a medical cosmetic clinic, and a plastic surgeon was in the office).
It’s been 6 hours now, and I’m still a little numb and dizzy.
The clinic said next time they will apply the cream at the clinic and will only do legs one visit, and underarms/bikini the next. No cellophane. I’m a little nervous about having another bad reaction. It was pretty frightening, especially in the car!