For pain relief, most pharmacies offer a “caine” at 2-5-10%, and basically nothing higher, for between $5 and $30 per tube. I work in wound care and use Walmart’s Equate brand — vagicaine 20% benzocaine. When using this before debriding a wound, give it three minutes to sedate the nerves, then perform the procedure. I get good results, as patients say. It relieves pain and burning for $1.88. It cannot be beat. — TERRI JORDAN, ARNP, Daytona Beach, Fla. (202-2)



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