This health video explores the use of a topical skin anesthetic has been found to take the sting out of injections and immunizations.
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Jennifer Mathews: If you hate getting shots, you're not alone. Female Speaker1: You are just sitting there and they -- and you are just waiting for pain to come so that's why I don't like it. Female Speaker2: The needle, I don't like seeing the needle. If they can do something to cover it up, close my eyes, then that would be great. Female Speaker3: I get lightheaded. I look away because I know I might end up on the floor." Jennifer Mathews: Doctor Elma Baron may have the solution to patients' fears. It starts with this low-powered laser. It's non-invasive, and Doctor Baron says it's painless. Female Speaker4: Alright, it's going to be quick, that's it. Jennifer Mathews: Then comes the topical anesthetic, lidocaine. Dr. Elma Baron: Now, with this laser, if you use it first, it sort of -- it ablates or it removes the very top portion of your skin such that when you apply the anesthetic cream, it is absorbed much faster, and you achieve that numbing effect in five minutes, instead of 30 minutes. Jennifer Mathews: Alison Bibb admits she can get a little edgy before the needle goes in. Alison Bibb: A little nervous, a little anxious, but today, I didn't feel anything. Jennifer Mathews: Studies show a 61 percent reduction in pain. Alison says she felt a little pinch, but that was all. Alison Bibb: That really shows this thing works. Jennifer Mathews: And could make going to the doctor a little easier for everyone. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.