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Pre-Tat Numbing Gel Recalled for Tattoo Infection Risk


August 9, 2019 — Pre-Tat by Tat Balm skin numbing gel and cream was recalled after it tested positive for microbial contamination, which could increase the risk of a tattoo infection if it is applied before a person gets a tattoo.

Ridge Properties LLC recalled 4% lidocaine skin cream and gel after the FDA reported that it tested positive for microbial contamination. This could lead to an infection if it is applied to an open sore, or before a tattoo.

The recall products also contained more lidocaine than what was suggested on the label. Excessive doses of lidocaine can also increase the risk of a life-threatening blood disease called methemoglobinemia.

No infections or other adverse events were reported, but using the product before a tattoo poses a risk of a skin infection:

“The risks from a contaminated pre-tattoo product are greater since the skin is being traumatized immediately after application and tattooing is known to have infectious complications.”

The company also recalled Superior Pain & Itch Relief by Naturally HL and Soothing Sore Relief, which are numbing creams that are advertised for use with minor sores, hemorrhoids, and bedsores.

They were sold online at Amazon, Ebay, Walmart, and


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