Benzocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medication). It works by blocking nerve signals in your body.

Benzocaine topical is used to reduce pain or discomfort caused by minor skin irritations, sore throat, sunburn, teething pain, vaginal or rectal irritation, ingrown toenails, hemorrhoids, and many other sources of minor pain on a surface of the body. Benzocaine is also used to numb the skin or surfaces inside the mouth, nose, throat, vagina, or rectum to lessen the pain of inserting a medical instrument such as a tube or speculum.

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  • Signs and symptoms may occur within minutes or up to 2 hours after using benzocaine topical in the mouth or throat. GET EMERGENCY MEDICAL HELP IF YOU HAVE:

    headache, tired feeling, confusion;
    fast heart rate;
    feeling light-headed or short of breath; and
    pale, blue, or gray appearance of your skin, lips, or fingernails.
    Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

    Stop using benzocaine topical and call your doctor at once if you have:

    severe burning, stinging, or sensitivity where the medicine is applied;
    swelling, warmth, or redness; or
    oozing, blistering, or any signs of infection.
    Common side effects may include:

    mild stinging, burning, or itching where the medicine is applied;
    skin tenderness or redness; or
    dry white flakes where the medicine was applied.
  • Usual Adult Dose for Pain Benzocaine topical 20% gel: Sunburn: Apply to affected area as needed up to 4 times a day. Benzocaine topical 20% spray: Sunburn, pain, insect bites, pruritus: Hold container approximately 6 to 12 inches from skin and spray on affected area(s) until wet as needed up to 4 times a day. When applying to facial area spray into palm of hand, then rub on face avoiding area around eyes. Benzocaine topical 20% cream: Sunburn, pain, pruritus, insect bites, poison ivy: Apply to affected area as needed not more than 1 to 3 times a day. Benzocaine topical ointment: Insect bites: Apply topically to affected area(s) as needed. Benzocaine topical 20% liquid: Pain: Apply to affected area(s) as needed up to 4 times a day. Benzocaine topical 5% spray: Sunburn, pain, insect bites, pruritus: Hold container approximately 10 inches from skin and spray on affected area(s) until wet as needed up to 4 times a day. When applying to facial area spray into palm of hand, then rub on face avoiding area around eyes. Benzocaine topical cream: Pruritus, sunburn, insect bites, pain: Apply sparingly to affected area(s) as needed up to 3 or 4 times a day. Benzocaine topical spray: Sunburn, pruritus: Hold container approximately 4 to 6 inches from skin and spray sparingly to affected area(s) as needed up to 3 times a day. Benzocaine sore throat lozenges: Dissolve 1 lozenge slowly in the mouth every 2 hours as needed.