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How to get over a burnt tongue quickly

We’ve all done it: eaten food that burns your tongue. So how do you get over it quickly? (Shutterstock)

We’ve all had our mouths scalded by a spoonful of hot soup, a steaming bowl of queso dip, or an over-microwaved slice of pizza. The initial pain sends us into a scramble for relief, and the afterburn often leaves the roofs of our mouths scarred and raw. There are different degrees of tongue burns, but even the least severe will leave the tongue red or swollen, and the bumps on the tongue (the papillae) may disappear. It’s even possible to temporarily lose the sense of taste.

But a burnt tongue doesn’t have to be a prolonged affair of discomfort and frustration as long as you follow the proper recourse immediately after the burn.

To find out how to quickly get over your tongue burn, go here.

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