The Answer: A burn on your tongue is like a burn anywhere else on your body, but because your tongue is so sensitive it doesn't take much to scorch that sucker. And obviously, you can't just run it under water and slather on first aid ointment. No, a burned tongue requires a few special tricks.
Most cases of a burned tongue are considered first degree. Damage to the outermost layer-the epithelium-causes pain, redness and swelling (glossitis). The swelling is actually a good thing. It is an inflammatory response that means blood and fluid are rushing to the wound to heal it. But it can give you that uncomfortable numbed sensation because the area is being stretched by the inflammation, flattening out the bumpy papillae that line the surface of the tongue. The injured patch might even look unusually smooth and shiny as a result.Read More »from How Do You Heal a Burnt Tongue?