Local Dermal Analgesia
Superficial Dermal Pain
Superficial dermal pain is a general term that refers to pain that originates in the dermis (skin).
What causes it?
The nerve cells in our skin that are responsible for our sense of touch are the same that send pain signals to the brain when a person’s skin experiences some form of trauma. Superficial dermal pain can be the result of a medical procedure performed by a physician or nurse (such as a needle puncturing the skin for a vaccination or collection of a blood sample).
Different people can have different levels of pain that they consider bearable. Prior to performing planned medical procedures that cause superficial dermal pain, healthcare providers can offer patients a variety of products that when applied to intact skin, provide 'local dermal analgesia' (pain relief or prevention).
Some common medical procedures that can cause superficial dermal pain include:
- Blood collection for laboratory testing
- Insertion of an intravenous (IV) line for delivery of medication or fluids
- Excision (removal) of a mole from the skin
- Shave biopsies of skin lesions which remove skin cells for further laboratory examination and diagnosis