This medication is used to prevent pain caused by injections and minor surgical procedures. It is also used for the temporary relief of minor sports injuries. Ethyl chloride also helps to relieve deep muscle pain when used with muscle stretching techniques. Ethyl chloride is a cooling substance that is applied to the skin to numb it.
- This medication is for use on the skin only.
- It is applied by a healthcare professional.
- Do not apply to broken skin or mucous membranes (e.g., inside the nose or mouth).
- Do not spray into the eyes.
- Do not inhale the spray.
- This medication is flammable.
- Do not use near an open flame or near electrical equipment that can spark a fire.
How to use Ethyl Chloride Spray:
- Have the patient assume a comfortable position.
- Take precautions to cover the patient's eyes, nose and mouth if spraying near the face.
- Hold the bottle inverted. (Hold the can upright.) From a distance of 12 to 18 inches (30-46 cm) aim the stream so that it meets the skin at an acute angle to lessen the shock of impact.
- Direct the spray in parallel sweeps 0.5 to 1 inch (1.5-2 cm) apart at the rate of approximately 4 inches/second (10 cm/second). Continue until the entire muscle has been covered. The number of sweeps is determined by the size of the muscle. The spray should be applied from the muscle attachment over the trigger point, through and over the reference zone.