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Remedy For Burnt Mouth

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

There are few things more annoying than a burnt tongue. A moment of carelessness and all of a sudden you are unable to taste anything but rubber for the rest of the day. There is, unfortunately, no way to cure a burn other than to give it time to heal. However, there are ways that you can lessen intensity of the burn and encourage it to heal up faster in order to get you back to actually tasting your food.

1. Cool it Down: Get your tongue in contact with something cool and keep it there for a full minute. This will help the heat dissipate more quickly so it doesn’t do as much damage on your tongue cells. Medically speaking yogurt is considered to be the best thing for a burnt tongue.

2. Numb It: If you didn’t apply something cool to your tongue right away, you are going to be fairly uncomfortable for a while. In order to help numb the feeling in your tongue, try using products containing benzocaine, which is a topical anesthetic that is safe to use in your mouth. Examples include Anbesol, Kank+a, Orabase B, Orajel. You can also try using an anesthetic mouthwash as well.

3. Suck it Up: Cough drops containing benzocaine have been shown to help with that burnt feeling and can be a tastier option to just using the gel. Be careful about how many you ingest. There is a reason for there being a limit on how many cough drops you can take in the span of a day, they are not candy and can make you sick if you eat too many.

4. Citrus is Not Your Friend: Foods that contains a high amount of acid or salt are foods you should stay away from while your tongue is healing. They will only work to aggravate the burn and make you miserable. Here are some foods that are on the no burn list: tomatoes, citrus fruits and juices, items with vinegar, pop, potato chips, etc.

A burnt tongue can seem like it lasts forever, but luckily it is a condition that heals relatively quickly. If you have burned your tongue severely, the best remedy is to visit your doctor and get medical help.