The tongue is a vital muscle in the body. Owing to its function, any changes in the structure of the tongue cause a lot of discomfort. A normal healthy tongue has a distinct pink color.
On looking closely, you will notice the presence of tiny nodules that allow the tongue to function normally. These nodules are known as papillae. There are a number of conditions that affect the tongue, among them the formation of blisters in the tongue.
Some of the reasons why blisters occur in the tongue include scalding by taking very hot fluids, constantly grinding one’s teeth as well as biting one’s tongue when chewing.
Other causes of blisters on the tongue include allergic reactions to specific foods, ulcers in the mouth and certain diseases such as anemia and diabetes. Chain smokers are also likely to get blisters on the tongue.
It is easy to identify tongue blisters because they are typically white or yellow in color, and are often surrounded by redness as a result of the inflammation. Some of the obvious symptoms that accompany tongue blisters include pain when eating, speech difficulties depending on the severity of the blisters as well as pain. While this condition is not particularly life-threatening, it does cause significant discomfort for the affected person. Below are some of the home remedies that you can use to treat the blisters naturally in order to ensure quick healing.
1. Ice Cubes:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Ice Cubes and a glass of water (optional).
Ice cubes are a simple and effective home remedy that you can use to manage tongue blisters. The low temperatures have a numbing effect on the tongue, in effect easing that pain associated with the blisters. When rubbed on the blisters, the ice cubes also help reduce the swelling. You may use the ice cubes alone, or opt to add them to a glass of water for quick relief.
- Simply place the ice cube directly on the affected part of the tongue and use it to gently rub the blisters. Do this for a minute or so and then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat until the ice melts or you are content with the relief provided by this remedy.
- Alternatively, place the ice cubes in a glass of water and sip every now and then until the discomfort of the tongue blisters eases.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide, warm water, and cotton wool.
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent remedy as far as the treatment of tongue blisters is concerned. The healing properties present in this remedy not only get rid of bacteria that may infect the blisters, it also has excellent disinfectant properties that ensure the tongue remains germ-free. The most important thing to consider when using this remedy is to ensure that you use only a small amount of the Hydrogen peroxide. Using excessive amounts of the solution disrupts the normal functioning of the body. In addition to this, you must dilute the solution as directed in the steps below.
- Add the hydrogen peroxide to an equal amount of the warm water and mix well prior to application.
- Soak the cotton wool in the dilute hydrogen peroxide and then use it to apply on the tongue blisters.
- Let the solution sit on the tongue for a couple of minutes before rinsing with warm water.
- Use this remedy daily until the blisters are completely healed.
3. Fresh Aloe Vera Gel:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Aloe vera leaf, cotton wool, and warm water.
Aloe vera is, without a doubt, acommon and effective home remedies. This diversity is attributed to its healing properties, and especially to its ability to reduce pain and inflammation at the site of the blisters. The antibacterial properties of the gel help reduce the risk of infection on the tongue, making this an ideal remedy altogether. You will need warm water for rinsing purposes.
- Slice the fresh aloe vera leaf to expose the fleshy part and allow easy collection of the gel.
- Collect the gel in a shallow bowl and proceed to dip the cotton wool in it.
- Dab the collected gel on the tongue blisters and allow the gel to remain there for 5-10 minutes. Avoid swallowing the gel alongside the saliva in order to benefit from the topical application of this remedy.
- After about 10 minutes, swish some warm water in your mouth to rinse off the gel. Use the remedy severally for a couple of days or until the blisters are completely healed.
Time Required: 15 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Tablespoon of salt and 1 cup of warm water.
Salt is an excellent home remedy for the treatment of tongue blisters, thanks to its healing and disinfectant properties. When applied on the blisters, the salt draws out the water present in the blisters. This not only reduces the chances of infection, it also works by reducing the pain and easing the discomfort of the same. At the moment of application, you may feel a stinging sensation when the salty water comes into contact with the blisters, but this eases after a few minutes. Use this remedy daily until the symptoms of tongue blisters subside.
- Dissolve 1/2 tablespoon of the salt in the cup containing warm water and stir.
- Swirl the salty solution in your mouth for a few minutes, ensuring that the remedy comes into contact with the blisters.
- Do not swallow this mixture; instead, spit it and repeat step 2 once more.
- After this, place a pinch of the salt on top of the tongue blisters and allow to remain there for a couple of minutes.
- Finish off by rinsing your mouth with warm water. Repeat this process as often as you need to until you are able to treat the tongue blisters.
5. Turmeric Powder:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of ground turmeric, 1 tablespoon of raw organic honey, and warm water to rinse.
Turmeric powder is packed with anti-inflammatory properties that go a long way in reducing the discomfort associated with tongue blisters. When applied on the tongue, the most potent of the active ingredients known as curcumin helps reduce the pain and inflammation. When mixed with honey, this combination remedy also reduces the chances of a tongue infection as the honey contains both antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Honey also acts as a perfect base for the application of the remedy. Always go for raw organic honey that is unadulterated for the best results.
- Mix the turmeric powder with the honey to create a thick paste for the ease of application.
- Clean your hands well and use your fingers to apply the paste on the blisters. Do this gently to avoid abrasion that can easily spread the extent of the blisters.
- Apply a generous amount of the paste and leave on the blisters for 5 minutes.
- Rinse your mouth with warm water and repeat this procedure thrice daily for quick recovery and elimination of the blisters.
6. Tea Tree Oil:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: 3 Drops of tea tree oil and 1 cup of warm water.
Tea tree oil has long been used for the natural treatment of a wide range of conditions, among them, tongue blisters. The oil is rich in antibacterial properties that make it an ideal remedy for the elimination of blisters. The key to using tea tree oil is to always ensure that it is dilute to avoid irritation of the tongue muscles. If you suspect that you may be sensitive to the use of this oil, carry out a patch test first before application of the remedy.
- Place a few drops of the oil in a cup of water and stir to mix well.
- Use the oil mixture as mouthwash thrice daily for several days until the blisters clear.
7. Baking Soda:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1/2 Tablespoon of baking soda, 1 glass of warm water.
Baking soda is recommended for the treatment of tongue blisters as it is particularly effective in soothing the affected part and offering relief from the pain. Since baking soda is alkaline in nature, it helps restore the mouth’s optimal pH, effectively preventing the irritation of the blisters on the tongue. This remedy is also excellent for dealing with the pain and inflammation. As with a few of the aforementioned remedies, you need to be careful about the amount of baking soda you use to prevent damage to the teeth. For this remedy, just 1/2 a tablespoon of the baking soda is enough.
- Stir 1/2 a tablespoon of the baking soda in the glass of warm water to ensure complete dissolution.
- Swirl the solution in your mouth to make sure that the solution comes into contact with the blisters.
- Spit the remedy and repeat this procedure thrice daily.
- The other alternative to this is to make a paste using baking soda and a few drops of water. Apply this paste and let it sit on the blisters for 5-10 minutes. You will then rinse your mouth using warm water. Some people find this to be a better option than the former, but it all boils down to personal preference.
The remedies above are ideal for treating tongue blisters, and are best used over a period of a few weeks to ensure full recovery. Additionally, it helps to drop lifestyle habits that tend to trigger blister formation. These include avoiding spicy food, breaking the habit of smoking as well as reducing alcohol intake. The tongue blisters should heal after a few days, but in the event that they do not, it is advisable to see a dentist to know the way forward.