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What to Do If You Burn Your Tongue

Sometimes, when we’re really hungry and want to take a bite of some fresh, hot pizza, we get burned. And instead of enjoying the food, you’re left running around trying to find something to soothe the pain. If you’ve been in a situation like this, this article will be helpful to you.

5-Minute Crafts is going to tell you how to help yourself when you burn your tongue.

❗ Important: This article is for informative purposes only and can’t replace the recommendations of experts.

Ice

Ice can soothe the pain of a burned mouth. Suck on an ice cube or eat some ice cream to reduce the pain. It will also minimize swelling and can help the damaged tissue heal.

Cold soothes burns and prevents further tissue damage.

Cold water

Cold water can help with any irritation present after a burn. Drink a glass of cool water to reduce the tongue’s temperature and moisturize the mouth.

Additionally, cold water can stimulate the production of saliva, which will heal the damaged area and protect it from bacteria.

Honey

Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory features. It can also minimize the negative consequences of a burn.

Eat a full teaspoon of honey and keep it on the tongue for some time. Swallow it when it dissolves. Repeat 2-3 times in a row.

Important: Make sure you are not allergic to honey.

Yogurt and milk

Yogurt is one of the best products to treat a burned mouth. Its soothing and cooling effects can come in handy in this situation.

If you burn your tongue, eat a bit of yogurt, but do it slowly. Keep the yogurt on the tongue for some time before swallowing it.

Milk also has soothing properties. You can drink some cold milk to ease the discomfort.

Sugar

You can also use sugar to relieve a burned tongue. Put a bit of sugar on the burned area and wait for it to dissolve.

Sugar should relieve the discomfort and pain within a few minutes. Plus, it will return the taste sensation that took a hit due to the burn.

Salty water

A solution of salty water is used to treat different mouth problems, including burns. It acts as an antibacterial agent and provides symptomatic relief.

  • Put half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water and let it dissolve.
  • Wash the mouth out with the solution.
  • Repeat this at least 3 times a day.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is an effective treatment for different injuries and burns.

  • Take a piece of the plant and carefully remove the skin.
  • You will see a jelly-like substance.
  • Put it on the damaged area of your tongue.

The pain should go away soon. Aloe vera doesn’t only soothe pain — it also regenerates tissue.

Important: Make sure you are not allergic to aloe vera.

Mint

Mint contains menthol, which has numbing properties. If you apply mint to the burned tongue, it will reduce the pain and swelling. The antibacterial properties will prevent further damage to the tissue.

  • Drink mint tea.
  • Apply mint toothpaste to the tongue.
  • Chew mint flavored gum.

What you can’t do if you burn your tongue

  • Don’t eat foods that can make the situation worse. Hot drinks and spicy foods will increase the pain and slow down the healing process. Don’t eat hard, crunchy foods or citrus fruits, as they will irritate the damaged area. If you burn your mouth, eat soft and cool foods for the next few days. After eating, drink a glass of water to wash off any leftover food.
  • Don’t brush your tongue. Brushing a burned tongue will cause pain and irritation and can slow down the healing process. Don’t forget to keep your mouth clean after the burn to prevent an infection if you have an open wound or blister.
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