There's nothing quite like sitting down to your favorite cup of freshly brewed coffee. But maybe, in your excitement to indulge in your steamy espresso or cappuccino, you took your first sip before letting your coffee cool down a bit.
Now, instead of enjoying your drink, you are dealing with a red, swollen and painful burnt tongue. To help you soothe and heal your mouth, we put together a few remedies you can try so you can go back to enjoying your favorite coffee blends once again.
1. Chill Out
If you've just burned your tongue, one of the first remedies you want to try is cold water. Cold water will lower the temperature in your mouth, helping to soothe the irritation and relieve some of the pain.
You can either drink a full glass of icy water or swish it around in your mouth for a few minutes. You can also try sucking on a popsicle or eating some cold yogurt to help with the burnt feeling.
2. Try a Salt Water Rinse
If your cup of coffee is way too hot, it can potentially cause a burn on the top layer of your tongue. A warm saltwater rinse will help to soothe the pain as well as act like a natural antiseptic to keep the burn clean and free from infection.
To make your rinse, warm up some water and then add a quarter of a teaspoon of salt. Give the mixture a quick stir. Swish it around in your mouth two to three times per day until the burn is healed.
3. Put Sugar on a Burnt Tongue
Another effective - and sweet - remedy for tongue pain is sugar. Sprinkling a bit of sugar on a burnt tongue can help relieve some of the pain, serving as a very tasty painkiller.
You can also try drizzling a bit of honey over your tongue. Honey offers the additional benefit of being antibacterial, which is ideal for deeper burns that have torn through the skin.
4. Take Some Medicine for Tongue Pain
If you've tried a few natural remedies and the pain is still intense, you may need to turn to over-the-counter pain relievers. Medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help soothe and treat inflammation when your tongue feels burnt.
5. Avoid Future Burns With Iced Coffee
A simple and delicious way to avoid burning your tongue is to drink some iced coffee instead. There are endless ways of brewing and serving iced coffee — ranging from cold brew to coffee milkshakes. Try experimenting with different brewing techniques and flavors for a refreshingly cool drink you won't be able to resist.
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