Care after Local Anesthesia
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 3, 2024.
What do I need to know about care after local anesthesia?
It may take several hours for feeling to come back to the area after local anesthesia. You will need to be careful so you do not injure or burn the area.
What can I do to care for myself after I receive local anesthesia?
Your healthcare provider may give you specific instructions based on the procedure you had. The following are general guidelines to keep you safe until the anesthesia wears off:
- Ask when you can start doing your usual activities. You may be able to start immediately after the procedure. This will depend on where the anesthesia was used, and how much was given.
- Be careful until you have full feeling again. Chew carefully if the anesthesia was applied to your mouth. Be careful with sharp or hot objects if anesthesia was applied to your skin. Walk carefully if it was applied to your foot or leg.
- Tell your provider if you have any signs of an allergic reaction to the anesthesia. An allergic reaction can happen right away or develop within a few days. Check for redness, hives, or swelling in or around the procedure area. An allergic reaction can also cause itching. More serious allergic reactions can cause trouble breathing.
Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:
- You have trouble breathing.
- You have a seizure.
- You have chest pain.
- You have bleeding where the anesthesia was given.
When should I seek immediate care?
- You develop hives or swelling.
When should I call my doctor?
- You have a fever.
- You do not have feeling in the procedure area for longer than you were told to expect.
- You have questions or concerns about local anesthesia.
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