How to Cure a Burnt Tongue

Updated April 17, 2017

Your tongue can easily be burnt by eating or drinking something that is too hot. This can cause extremely painful blisters. Tongues injured from burning and other causes are medically known as experiencing glossitis. A burnt tongue is not easy to heal. The main remedy is time and patience. If the injury is bad enough to create blackened tissue on the tongue, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

Put ice on the injury for five minutes soon after it occurs. This can help to reduce swelling and numb the area.

Use an anesthetic mouthwash to numb your tongue until it heals.

Place an over-the-counter cellulose compound over the injured area. This helps to protect the tongue by acting as a bandage.

Take ibuprofen as needed for pain. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose on the package.

Suck on frozen pops as needed to help sooth and numb the area. Wait for time to pass for your tongue to heal. It should heal completely within one week.


Do not apply ice to charred, blackened tissue.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice
  • Anesthetic mouthwash
  • Cellulose compound
  • Ibuprofen
  • Frozen pops
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