Make Doctor Visits Painless For You Or Your Child
Used in over 37 million procedures in 27 countries, Buzzy uses cold and mechanical stimulation to inhibit pain, making injections worry-free and pleasant as can be.
These ice wings have a soft less-intense side and a colder blue side. You can choose the intensity that suits you best. Most people like to have multiple ice wings so there is always one ready to use with their Buzzy. In a Healthcare setting these wings can be disposed or given to the patient.
Not for Multi-Patient Use. See Healthcare Grade Ice Wings for Multi-Patient Option.
- One (1) Personal Use Soft-Sided Wing or 100 Pack.
How Buzzy Works
The science and technology behind Buzzy the Bee!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between the mini and the XL?
Despite the names, the size difference of the "mini" and the "XL" is relatively small; both vibration devices fit in the palm of the hand. The "XL" is our original Buzzy model that offers hands-free operation. We developed the "mini" (approximately one-third smaller by volume) to be held or pressed in place for quick procedures like vaccinations. The "mini" features an energy-saving automatic 3-minute shut-off. Compare features of all Buzzy models here: In the comparison chart, you can see the shorthand is that we recommend the "mini" for injections/short procedures and the "XL" for phlebotomy/longer procedures. In all cases, we recommend the healthcare/multi-patient versions for use in a clinical setting.
Where is the evidence that it really works?
Buzzy combines high-frequency vibration (Gate Control) and cold (Descending Noxious Inhibitory Control/DNIC) to control sharp pain. DNIC develops around age 4, and younger children may not tolerate the ice-cold sensation of Buzzy. For these children, the vibration of Buzzy will still provide some pain relief and the competing sensation of holding the ice-cold wing in the hand offers additional distraction - physical and cognitive - from the procedure. The patented technology works even better for adults than children. Over 50 clinical trials demonstrate that Buzzy is effective at relieving pain. It is the only solution that reduces both pain fear. Buzzy is the most proven intervention for injections. See the research summary by clicking here.
Does it work at the physical or physiological level?
Yes! Buzzy blocks pain signals to the brain. Buzzy uses motion and ice to harness two physiologic pain pathways: one mechanical frequency blocks pain, one competes with pain for the brain’s attention.
How many times can I or my child use Buzzy?
Hundreds of times! Families are welcome to share a Buzzy. However, if any family member is immunocompromised, we recommend Batteries are pre-installed and should last approximately 20 hours. Batteries (2 x AAA) can be replaced by opening the back of your vibration unit with a Phillips head screwdriver. Find video instructions for how to change batteries on "mini" and "XL" on our YouTube channel, click here.
Do I need to order healthcare Buzzy?
Our Buzzy® portfolio includes Buzzy Healthcare for use in multi-patient settings and Buzzy Personal for single-patient use. Use of Buzzy Personal devices in a multi-patient setting voids any applicable warranty.
When should I NOT use Buzzy?
Do not use in the presence of unexplained calf pain; consult a physician. Do not use over swollen or inflamed areas or skin eruptions. Do not place directly on a thermal burn. Risk of injury with dry-ice or deep-freeze. Do not use ice pack with underlying sensitivities to ice or cold (e.g. Sickle Cell Disease, Reynaud’s Disease, CRPS, diabetic neuropathy).
Ice wings freeze solid so that they don't absorb any the vibration from the Buzzy M-Stim device. Each ice wing when frozen solid will remain frozen for about 10 minutes.
Work with either Healthcare or Personal Buzzy Mini and Buzzy XL
Item Number / SKU: One Wing REP-MS1
Item Number / SKU: 100 Pack REP-MS100
Wings work well with Buzzy to reduce pain. They last a long time.
Thank you for this feedback, Denise!
We get a lot of questions about why the ice packs are designed the way they are (e.g., why don't they last longer, why aren't they bigger). For most needle procedures, 2 minutes is sufficient for ice numbing - you actually don't want to go much longer because you could reduce the inflammatory response that vaccines are going for. Ice is activating c-fibers, which in turn activate descending noxious inhibitory control. This is a fairly fast reaction. We find 30 seconds is sufficient for the C-fiber activation, and 2 minutes is sufficient even for Humira or burning injections.
Continued good luck to you and thank you for using Buzzy!
Looking forward to trying it out!
Thank you, Susie! We recommend folding the ice wing along the center line for storage in the freezer. The wings that come with personal Buzzy kits have a soft side that may feel slightly less cold. Always begin with clean, fresh wings from the freezer. Wings must be frozen solid to work optimally. Slide the wings through the elastic band or onto the hook. For patients under 6 months old, patients with cold sensitivity, Raynaud’s or sickle cell disease, use Buzzy without the wings. The child can hold the ice pack in the hand to provide a competing sensation.
I use it when I get my shots