5 Steps To Healing A Burn In Your Mouth

Burns in the upper mouth can cause problems and can be treated

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

Find out the reason for the pain

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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

Use cold liquids to ease the pain

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

water can stop blisters from appearing if the area is severely burnt. Another natural remedy is to rinse with one teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a cool glass of water. Aloe vera pulp can be applied as it gives a cooling sensation and lessens the irritation in the burnt areas if there are blisters. Avoid hot, spicy or acidic foods and beverages that can irritate the sore palate.3

3. Take Over The Counter Analgesics

Take over the counter ointments and other medications to help with the burn

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

medication should be taken with extreme caution, while keeping an eye out for ingredients that can cause side effects.

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

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

and they renew themselves in a few days.5 Support their healing by avoiding sour foods and eating mild, well-cooled foods. When in doubt, opt for fluids.

5. Let Your Saliva Do Its Work

Saliva can be a great natural healer

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

and helps in healing faster. Burns in the mouth and the tongue heal much faster than any other part of the body with almost no scars left after healing and saliva is the reason why.6

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.