How can benzocaine topical anaesthetic pain reliever spray be carcinogenic?

How can benzocaine topical anaesthetic pain reliever spray be carcinogenic?

Analgesics like benzocaine may be applied topically to various areas of the body to alleviate pain and other unpleasant sensations. One way it helps reduce pain is by inhibiting signals the nervous system uses to transmit pain.

At this time, there is no conclusive evidence that benzocaine exposure causes cancer. On the other hand, you bring up benzene, a known carcinogen. Although they share a name, benzocaine and benzene are rather distinct chemicals. Here, worries about a possible cancer connection may stem from the fact that benzocaine can degrade into aniline, a chemical that has been associated with cancer in rare instances.

The lack of a definitive cause-and-effect relationship between benzocaine and cancer in people should be emphasized once again. The medical usage and patient safety recommendations will be updated if new research provides more information on these possible hazards. Always check with your doctor for any questions or concerns before starting any new drug.

What are the symptoms of benzene exposure and cancer potential?

The United States Department of Health and Human Services and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have both classified benzene as a carcinogen, indicating that it has the potential to cause cancer. Leukaemia and other malignancies of the blood cells are closely associated with it. Regarding benzene exposure and cancer, the following symptoms may manifest:

Benzene Exposure Signs and Symptoms:

  1. Dizziness
  2. Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  3. Headaches
  4. Tremors
  5. Confusion
  6. Unconsciousness
  7. Death (at very high levels)

Symptoms of long-term exposure include: 

  1. Anemia
  2. Decreased platelet count
  3. Blood abnormalities
  4. Damage to the immune system

Signs of malignancies linked to benzene, such as leukaemia:

  1. Chronic fatigue or anaemia
  2. Unexplained bruising
  3. Weight loss
  4. Persistent infections
  5. Bone pain and tenderness
  6. Enlarged liver or spleen
  7. Frequent or severe nosebleeds

Remember that benzene is usually dangerous in specific workplaces or for those dealing with gasoline and similar goods. The average person’s exposure is often far lower. Seek advice from a medical professional on the hazards of benzene exposure and how to avoid developing cancer if you are concerned about this.

Dr AF Saeed

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