XYLOCIN 2% Jelly is a local anesthetic. It makes your skin numb. As a gel or cream, it can be used to relieve pain, irritation, or itching caused by a wide variety of conditions. It is generally very safe, works quite quickly, and will reduce the discomfort that might be caused by an injection, having a drip (cannula) put into your skin or a small cosmetic or other surgical procedure.
It is also used in procedures requiring the insertion of a tube into your mouth, nose, anus (proctoscopy) or bladder (cystoscopy) can be uncomfortable and even painful. Lidocaine can be applied to the surface of the tube before it is inserted. This will both lubricate the tube and give an anesthetic effect, making the procedure more comfortable.