Tongue Blisters: Causes, Types, and Home Remedies

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tongue blistersHave you ever woken up to find something strange on your body, and you’re not sure where it came from? Like tongue blisters, for example. You know they can be caused by hot food or drink, but you don’t necessarily remember drinking or eating anything hot enough to do that type of damage. Where did these blisters come from? We will take a closer look at tongue blisters and put together a bit of a beginner’s guide for you. We’ll examine tongue blisters causes, blister types, and tongue blisters home remedies. By the time you’re done reading this, you will have a better idea of what caused your blisters on the tongue and what can be done about them.

What Causes a Tongue Blister?

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? What causes blisters on the tongue? The answer to this isn’t as simple as you might think, as there are a number of a different tongue blister causes. Some of them are pretty easy to deal with, and others might be the start of a medical issue that you need to get checked out fairly quickly. These causes can include:

• Injury
• Viral infections
• Diseases

Within these general causes, there are more specific conditions that can be drastically different from one another. Certain injuries are relatively easy to treat and heal; but viral infections may be more complicated, depending on the type.

What Are the Types of Tongue Blisters?

Let’s take a closer look at the causes of tongue blisters and break them down into types.

1. Injury

In the case of injury, the blister is rather simple. You have injured your tongue somehow. Maybe you bit it, perhaps you ate a food that was too hot, or it may have been self-inflicted through something like a tongue piercing. While they can take some time to heal, these injuries often do, and the blisters will fade or disappear.

2. Viral Infections

There are numerous types of viral infections that can go on to create blisters on your tongue. Canker sores, for example, are often the result of a viral infection. Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a viral infection that can create small blisters all over your body, not surprisingly on your hands, feet, and mouth. Herpetic stomatitis creates blisters similar to canker sores, but they eventually morph from blisters into small painful sores.

3. Diseases

In terms of disease, there aren’t many that will cause blisters on your tongue, but those that do are not very pleasant. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) of plentiful varieties can cause blisters in your mouth, including syphilis and herpes. Blisters in the tongue and mouth can also be the sign of cancer.

Regardless of the type or cause, if you have a mouth or tongue blister that is hanging out longer than a few days, it’s a good idea to go to a doctor and get it checked out. Just to make sure that it was that hot slice of pepperoni that did the damage and not something like syphilis. In the meantime, there are several home remedies that may help heal your blister or at least soothe the blister until you can see a physician.

Best Home Remedies for Tongue Blisters

Your tongue is blistered and in a bit of pain. Is there anything you can do at home in order to help your tongue heal or maybe just soothe the blistered area? In fact, there are a couple of different home remedies for tongue blisters that you can do at home to help with any tongue blisters you may have.

1. Ice

Probably the simplest remedy that you can ever come across, ice and cold liquids can help soothe your tongue from the pain of blisters. Just take a small piece of ice and suck on it a little, or hold the ice directly on the blistered area. Alternatively, if you are worried about further damaging your tongue, you can put the ice in a cloth and then place it on your tongue.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda used as part of a rinse or a paste can help soothe the pain, as well as keep down the inflammation of a tongue blister. Take one teaspoon of baking soda added to one cup of warm water, and rinse your mouth and the blistered area out with the concoction. You can also use a paste made of one teaspoon of baking soda and a little water. Let the paste sit on the blistered area for a few minutes before rinsing and spitting out. Three or four times a day with either method should help the blister greatly.

3. Aloe Vera Gel

Fresh aloe vera gel may not only help soothe the pain from a tongue blister, but due to aloe vera’s healing abilities, it may also be able to speed up the healing process. Take a fresh aloe vera leaf and place it in the fridge. Let it cool for a while in a fridge (or even overnight, if possible). Take out of the fridge and cut off the end. Squeeze out the gel on the blistered area. Leave the gel on the area for approximately five minutes. Rinse out with warm water. For best results, repeat this several times a day for three or four days.

4. Tea Tree Oil

This oil is used for many home remedies due to its healing and antibacterial properties. Take a few drops of tea tree oil and drop them into a cup of water. Use this mixture as a mouth rinse for a few days. Twice a day is recommended.

5. Coriander Rinse

Coriander has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that may allow it to help a blister heal. Take one teaspoon of coriander (leaves or seeds will do) and boil them in one cup of water. Let it cool for a little while, and then strain the solution. Use the mixture as a rinse three or four times a day for a few days, or until the blister gets better.

These tongue blisters home remedies are just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless other remedies out there. We do recommend, however, that you take care when using these. You may want to test a small amount of the rinses, just to make sure that you don’t have an allergic reaction to them. It’s also fair to warn you that none of these are exactly tasty, especially the tea tree oil. But if you let them, they may help you in your battle against the tongue blisters.

Don’t Let Tongue Blisters Get You Down but Do Get Them Checked Out!

For the most part, tongue blisters aren’t going to be a big deal. More often than not, they will result from biting your tongue or burning it with hot food. In those cases, our home remedies could work quite well, and help soothe the pain and discomfort that comes with tongue blisters. But there is also the possibility that they could be the sign of a bigger health concern. If the blisters last for more than a few days with little healing, make sure you see a doctor to ensure that your tongue blisters are not caused by something a little more sinister.

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