How To Cure A Tongue Burn?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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How to cure a tongue burn? One of the best ways is to rinse your tongue with cold water or salt water. Or you can sprinkle honey or a few grains of sugar to help relieve tongue pain. A tongue burn happens when you eat or drink something that is too hot.

A mild burn will heal by itself, but a serious burn may need medical attention immediately.  If you eat or drink something extremely hot like any foods or beverages frequently it can put you at high risk for tongue burn.

There are different symptoms of a burnt tongue. There is first degree burn, second degree burn or third-degree burn.

First degree burn is when you experience pain in your tongue as well as it being red and swollen. And that is more on the out layer of your tongue.

Second degree burn is really painful because it involves blisters and the outer layer and underlayer of the tongue is injured. Some of the symptoms is the tongue is red and swollen.

Third degree burn is when you experience numbness and extremely severe pain. This affects the deepest tissue of the tongue.

If you have second or three degree burn you should go to a doctor immediately. If your tongue is not treated properly, it can be infected. A burn of a tongue and mouth can destroy taste buds. And it takes 2 to 3 weeks for those taste buds to regenerate.

How To Cure A Tongue Burn? Photo credit: iStock-Doucefleur

Some of the best ways to treat tongue burn is:

  • Suck on ice chips to help ease the pain.
  • Avoid warm/hot liquids, hot food or hot drinks.
  • Rince with cold water or salt water.
  • Take an Advil or Tylenol to help relieve the inflammation and pain.
  • Sprinkling a few grains of sugar or honey on your tongue to help soothe the pain.

Some of the signs of infection are:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Drainage of pus
  • Fever
  • Increased Pain

It can take up to 2 weeks to heal a burnt tongue and it can take up to 6 weeks for it to heal.

A syndrome that many people can suffer is called Burning Mouth Syndrome.  BMS is a condition that can make you feel the sensation of your tongue for no reason. The symptoms can last for a couple of years. This is most common among men and women with the ages of 60 and 69 years old.

There isn’t any known cause to this syndrome in fact genetics and your environment is influential in achieving this. If you have stress, anxiety or depression that can make the symptoms of BMS worse.

Some of the secondary causes of burning mouth pain are:

  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Dentures
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure Medication
  • Grinding of the teeth
  • Stomach acid like GERD- gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Oral Yeast Infection
  • Dry Mouth
  • Imbalance of hormones like menopause

Some of the tests that will help you determine if you have burning mouth syndrome are:

  • Saliva tests to help rule out dry mouth.
  • Blood tests which will help rule out nutritional deficiencies and hormonal imbalances.
  • Allergy tests
  • Imaging tests
  • Gastric Reflux tests

Some of the best ways to treat Burning Mouth Syndrome are:

  • Topical prescription medications such as lidocaine or doxepin.
  • Oral prescription medications such as gabapentin and amitriptyline.
  • Complimentary treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and medication and relaxation techniques.

Studies have shown 3 out of 10 people can find improvement with treatment for BMS.

The Bottom Line is having tongue burn happens to everybody and it can be treated fairly quickly especially if it is a mild burn. The best treatment is pouring cold water or ice chips on your tongue to treat and ease the pain.

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  1. Mayo Clinic Staff- 2017- Burning Mouth Syndrome

  • Mayo Clinic Staff- 2018- Geographic Tongue

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