Burnt tongue can hurt for days and can even cause blistering, red or white spots and severe soreness. The condition often makes it difficult to eat and chew food normally. If you have accidentally burnt your tongue while drinking hot tea or coffee or eating hot melting cheese, then use the following home remedies for quick relief.
To get rid of the painful burnt tongue feeling, immediately squeeze some CoolWhip® on the burnt area. The dessert toppings contain palm or coconut oils which soothe the burn and prevent blistering.
In case you do not have CoolWhip®, you can use plain, unsweetened full fat or low fat yogurt. Eat a teaspoon of yogurt and leave it in the mouth for a few minutes before swallowing. Repeat if needed or if the pain persists. The cold yogurt will soothe the tongue and alleviate the painful burning on the roof of the mouth.
3. Salt water
Warm up some water and add a teaspoon of salt to it. Use the mixture to gargle several times a day. Doing so will decrease the intensity of the burnt tongue symptoms and also prevent blisters and white spots.
This remedy works irrespective of whether you have heat burns or ice burn on tongue. Take a teaspoon of sugar or a sugar cube and place it in the burnt region. This will soothe the pain and soreness and give quick relief from burnt tongue feeling.
5. Pepto Bismol
Swish some Pepto Bismol around the mouth several times a day to coat the roof of mouth and tongue and get cooling relief from burnt tongue symptoms.
6. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda
Mix ½ to 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar (with mother), a half teaspoon of baking soda and a glass of warm water. Swish the mixture around the mouth to get relief from burning tongue. Apple cider vinegar and baking soda are anti-inflammatory ingredients and give quick relief from pain, soreness etc caused by burning in mouth.
To speed up healing after having burnt your mouth due to hot food or liquids, place apple sauce on the lesion and leave it in place for a few minutes. The pectin in apple promotes and speeds up healing and also soothes irritation.
Orajel® is a handy remedy to relieve burn symptoms. Apply the gel to the burnt areas of the mouth and leave it inside the mouth for a few hours. This will promote healing and relieve pain. You can use the gel several times a day and especially before meals to relieve soreness, pain and enable you to eat your meal.
9. Oil pulling
Swish some oil (coconut or sesame or olive oil) around the mouth to soothe pain, redness and soreness. Repeat as often as needed.
Here is more information about oil pulling.
10. Ice cubes
If the burning mouth is aggravated after meal, suck on few ice cubes to numb the oral tissue and get quick relief from pain.
11. Healing tea
This is a grandma’s remedy to cure burnt tongue, white spots and blisters caused by hot liquids:
- 2 parts comfrey
- 1 part each red clover blossoms, nettles, skullcap and marshmallow root.
Steep the herbs in hot water for 15 minutes. Strain the mixture. Drink the warm liquid several times a day to speed up healing.
12. Homeopathic remedies
Many homeopathic remedies can soothe the tongue blisters and relieve pain naturally:
- Apis- Made from honey bees, this remedy is particularly beneficial for relieving blisters. Take Apis 6 C, 3 times a day.
- Arsenicum-This is for tongue burns worsened by cold drinks or ice. Take 6C potency for 2-3 times a day.
13. Take supplements
If the condition aggravates instead of improving, take a multivitamin pill. You especially need vitamin B complex, vitamin C and zinc. Also take extra lysine- an amino acid which promotes repair of tissue and healing. Evening primrose oil, goldenseal, Echinacea and green tea supplements can also help.
We hope you get quick relief from painful burnt tongue symptoms with these home remedies.