Tongue Cuts are a common condition, and often heal on their own without any treatment. They have many causes; including accidentally biting on the tongue, tongue ulcers or eating foods that have sharp edges that may injure the tongue. If it’s simply a graze, it often goes away swiftly and painlessly, but a deep cut, one that turns into a wound that bleeds- must be treated immediately to avoid infections. Here are 10 easily available home remedies to treat this condition-
1.SALT WATER RINSE
Gargling with salt water is an easy and effective way to treat cuts on the tongue. While it may seem that salt will only exacerbate the pain, it is just the opposite. Salt Water has anti-bacterial properties, which protect the tongue from infections, and gargling with it cleanses the tongue from any food particles that are obstructing its healing. A win win! All you have to do is, take a glass of lukewarm water, mix a teaspoon of salt in it; and gargle with this mixture 3-4 times a day. Make sure the water isn’t too hot though, because that will make the burning on the gash worse.
2. ICE CUBES AND OTHER COLD FOODS
Ice Cubes are perhaps the best remedy for a cut on the tongue. Not only does it speed up the healing process, it also numbs the nerves on the area, thus blocking the sensation of pain and burning. It is advisable to suck on ice chips around 3-4 times a day, for 10-15 minutes each to treat the wound. You may also suck on a popsicle or an ice lolly for the same effect.
When you have a cut on your tongue, its best to stay away from hot and spicy food.Heat and spice aggravate the injury by inflaming it further, which is why its best to stick to cold and bland foods till the injury heals, like salads, sandwiches and ice creams.
3.TURMERIC AND HONEY
Turmeric is a spice, that is a staple of Indian Cuisine, and has been used for generations to treat cuts, minor wounds and burns. This is because it possesses natural properties of skin healing and rejuvenation. Honey too, is very effective in this case, because it lessens the pain and provides a protective coating to the tongue. Taking two teaspoons of Honey a day can be very effective when one gets a tongue cut. But, the ideal way to treat this, is a combination of both Turmeric and Honey. What you must do is a take a teaspoon of honey, and add a pinch of Turmeric powder to it. Apply this mixture on the wound, and leave it on for a good amount of time. The honey will form a protective coat over the injury, while the anti-bacterial and anti-microbial qualities of Turmeric will start to act on it, and heal it.
4. BAKING SODA
Baking Soda is an easily accessible household item, and works great for tongue cuts. Baking Soda helps dry out the bacteria and reduce swelling on the wound. The absence of bacteria means that the wound will heal faster. Take a teaspoon of baking soda, and mix it with water. Your mixture will be formed when it reaches a thin, watery consistency. Using a Q-tip/applicator tip, apply the mixture to the affected area. Not only will it heal the tongue, it’ll help soothe wound.
5. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE TREATMENT
Hydrogen Peroxide (chemically represented as H2O2), is a common household disinfectant, and we can all easily find it in our kitchens and medicine cabinets.Hydrogen Peroxide acts on many levels. It’s anti-septic properties help fight bacterial infections, and its effervescing cleansing action helps it to act as a chemical agent, and removes dead tissue and debris from the surface of the wound. To use it, you must add a tablespoon of H2O2 in eight ounces of water, and use this mixture as a rinse. Rinse your mouth 2 times per day for 3 days with this mixture. You may also apply Hydrogen Peroxide on the wound directly to the area, with a cotton swab, but beware, because it might sting a little.
6. ALOE VERA GEL
Aloe Vera is a tropical plant, that is renowned for its medicinal properties. Popular as a decorative plant, this is readily available everywhere. Aloe has the chemical compound Saponin, which acts as an anti-bacterial agent. It also moisturises, and fights irritation and tingling. You can purchase Aloe-Jelly in the market, but you can also extract it from the Aloe plant. You can do this by breaking off a few leaves from an Aloe Barbadensis Miller plant, then taking a sharp knife and carefully peeling the rind from the plant leaves, and then discarding them. After this, you must peel the yellow layer just beneath the rind with a sharp knife and discard it. The yellow layer can also be removed by gently rinsing it in a solution of 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 cup of water. Once all the rind and yellow layers have been removed, you are left with clear Aloe Vera gel. Apply a dollop of gel (either store bought or homemade) every night before sleeping. This organic, all natural method not only treats the wound, it soothes and rejuvenates it. Drinking Aloe Vera juice is also helpful.
7. LEMON BALM MIXTURE
Particularly helpful when it comes to bruised or bitten tongues, Lemon Balm is a mint family plant, popularly used as an herb to flavour food. All you have to do is grind the Lemon Balm into a paste or use store-bought Lemon Balm extract, add a few drops of Aloe Vera juice and a small amount of Olive Oil, to create the healing mixture. Apply this healing mixture to the affected area 2-3 times a day. Not only will it speed up the recovery, it will also soothe the pain and the burning sensation.
8. MILK OF MAGNESIA AND OTHER ANTACIDS
The Milk of Magnesia has an antacid effect. It is beneficial because it acts as an anti-bacterial agent by changing the acidic environment in the mouth. You can dab Milk of Magnesia on the wound 3-4 times a day, for optimum healing.
You can also do a rinse with Milk of Magnesia by combining it with one part of Diphenhydramine (Benadryl allergy liquid). You may also use antacids like Gelusil and Gaviscon to replace Milk of Magnesia in the mixture. Use this mixture as a rinse once or twice a day. This will help in reducing inflammation, and soothing the wound.
Butter is an ingredient that will definitely be found in most kitchens. It is also effective when it comes to treating tongue cuts and bites. Butter contains Butyric Acid that has anti-inflammatory benefits. Place a stick of butter on the affected area, and allow it to melt on its own without sucking on it. Do not swallow the butter. This should be done at least twice a day to aid recovery.
10. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR RINSE
Apple Cider Vinegar is a readily available ingredient in most kitchens. All you have to do is take a glass full of water, and add two teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. Use this mixture to rinse your mouth 3-4 times a day at least. It will help in keeping the cut clean, and avoid the complication of a secondary infection.
Rid yourself of pain and discomfort by following these easy remedies!