When you have a burn in the mouth, it can feel very inconvenient. The upper palate is very sensitive to heat and can hurt immensely when scalded by hot food. The damaged mucous membranes in the mouth are very delicate and soft and have to heal over time for the pain to subside and go away.
Over the counter medication and natural therapies can be used to treat the pain and irritation in the affected areas if the pain is severe. Consuming cool liquids helps alleviate the pain and relieves the dry mouth too that results after a burn. Taste buds found on the upper part of the tongue and also on the back of the mouth can self-heal over time. Natural remedies like baking soda with water can calm the burning sensation in the mouth.1
Ways To Treat A Burn In The Upper Mouth
1. Find Out Why It Hurts
You can see that the delicate skin in the mouth and the tiny bumps on the upper part of the tongue and the back of the mouth (taste buds) are very soft to the touch. When you consume very hot food, the hot liquid or the food comes in contact with this delicate skin and peels it away causing first degree burns. Though these burns are not dangerous and do not require immediate medical attention, they are very painful indeed. Burns can also happen when you consume spicy foods. The spices can irritate the delicate layers in the mouth and tongue and cause these chemical burns.2
2. Use Cold Liquids
Hot food can cause dryness in the mouth and numbness in the taste buds too. Rinsing the mouth with plain cold water is useful first aid to ease the pain. A rinse with
3. Take Over The Counter Analgesics
You can sometimes feel a swelling in the burnt mouth and ulcers popping up all over the area which can be very painful. These burns do not spread and over-the-counter topical medications or protective ointments and mouth rinses may be taken for temporary relief from pain and soreness. Over the counter
Some well-known medicines used for this purpose are pain relievers. Protective gels or ointments can give instant relief from the pain when applied topically by keeping the affected area numb. The wounds do take some time to heal.4 In any case, if the burn is affecting a child, or if you are pregnant when this happens, never take any medication without consulting a doctor first. Also, be aware of drug interactions and which medication you can safely take.
4. Let The Mouth Heal Naturally
Some of the taste buds in your mouth can live for a lifetime and also have the ability to self-heal. Taste buds can get damaged when they come in contact with food that is too hot. They go sore or numb instantly
5. Let Your Saliva Do Its Work
The soreness and pain in the burnt area go away in a few days. Have you ever wondered how the burns get healed all by themselves? It is the work of the miracle entity in the mouth which is our own saliva. Opiorphin is a natural pain killer that is present in saliva. Saliva also contains chemicals and enzymes which aid in curing sores, pain management and fight against infection.
You also drool more saliva when you get your mouth burnt. It is the body’s natural mechanism to cure the burn. It creates a moist environment inside the mouth for wound healing
The next time you see your favorite plate of pasta piping hot on your table, please resist that urge to dig in instantly! Though not serious, burns in the mouth are indeed painful and if you do get them, follow these simple measures to help them heal quickly.
|↑1||Mouth sores. U.S. National Library of Medicine.|
|↑2||Purkait, Swapan Kumar. Essentials of Oral Pathology. JP Medical Ltd, 2011.|
|↑3||Cuttle, Leila, John Pearn, James R. McMillan, and Roy M. Kimble. “A review of first aid treatments for burn injuries.” Burns 35, no. 6 (2009): 768-775.|
|↑4||Clark, Glenn T. Orofacial Pain: A Guide to Medications and Management. John Wiley & Sons, 2012.|
|↑5||Miura, Hirohito, Yuko Kusakabe, and Shuitsu Harada. “Cell lineage and differentiation in taste buds.” Archives of histology and cytology 69, no. 4 (2006): 209-225.|
|↑6||Brand, Henk S., Antoon JM Ligtenberg, and Enno CI Veerman. “Saliva and wound healing.” In Saliva: Secretion and Functions, vol. 24, pp. 52-60. Karger Publishers, 2014.|