Originally Posted by alphaboi867
When I had my nose cauterized (due to chronic nosebleeds ironically) my ENT mentioned that he was using a cocaine-based gel to numb the area.
I had a bad nosebleed a couple weeks ago and had to go to the ER; they used lidocaine on me. I'd lost a couple pints of blood, and had passed out in the ER. That scared them a bit -- they immediately gave me a CT scan and an IV. Ended up costing about $5000 total; insurance will pick up some portion of that (probably about 1/3 based on my past experience).
I've had lots of smaller nosebleeds & bruises lately, as I've been taking Plavix and aspirin since my angioplasty in March. As for cocaine, I've been given cocaine hydrochloride drops at the ophthalmologist; funny, because MedicineNet
says that cocaine HCl is not to be used in the eyes.