In most cases due to lateness for work or a program, you sipped your coffee too soon, burning your tongue. Luckily, there are a number of ways to treat your burnt tongue yourself, ranging from natural remedies to over-the-counter pain relievers. However, if the burning persists, you may have to see a doctor.
Ways to treat your burnt tongue naturally
Suck on an ice cube
As soon as you burn your tongue, counteract the heat by sucking on an ice cube. The most obvious way to soothe a burnt tongue is to counteract the heat with something cold. Try sucking on an ice cube or even drinking a cold drink will help.
Avoid acidic and salty foods.
Until healing occurs, avoid acidic foods like tomatoes, citrus fruits and juices and vinegar. If you really want to, dilute the juice so it is very weak but cold and that will soothe the area for the time you drink it. Also avoid salty and spicy foods.
Breathe through your mouth.
It may sound pretty basic, but simply breathing through your mouth (instead of your nose) can help to soothe a burnt tongue, due to the cold air that rushes over your tongue when you inhale.
Rinse your mouth with salt water
Saline gargles can relieve a burnt tongue whiles also preventing an infection at the same time. Mix a teaspoon of salt with a cup of water. Take sip of the water and swish it around in your mouth. Hold the water in your mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out.
Naturally honey is a soothing substance that can be used to ease the pain of a burnt tongue. Simply eat a spoonful and allow the honey to sit on your tongue for a few moments before swallowing.
Use aloe vera.
The aloe vera plant is a popular natural remedy for soothing and healing burns. Apply a little aloe vera gel straight from the plant, not from creams directly onto the burnt tongue. You can also freeze the gel from the plant into ice cubes and suck on them so they are cold and relieving the pain.
Take some pain medication.
If the pain in your tongue is very bad, consider taking over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen (paracetamol) or ibuprofen. This will ease the pain and help to bring down any swelling.
Seek medical attention
If your burnt tongue remains painful or swollen for more than a week, it is recommended that you see a doctor.