Dissolving Oral Strip Eases the Pain of Nasty Tongue Burns

So maybe science is still working on fixing the big things like cancer and world hunger, but at least we can handle some of those small everyday nuisances now – like burning your tongue on something really hot. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin solved this annoyance with a dissolving tongue strip that provides instant pain relief.

The tongue strip, which is similar to those dissolving breath-freshening strips, contains benzocaine – a local anesthetic – and a therapeutic polymer that encourages healing. The team behind the invention is working on creating tastes for the strip and conducting human testing. They plan to create a stronger version to deal with more severe burns, which is a good thing for us because bloggers tend to drink way too much hot coffee.

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See more in Medical Marvels or under Science. October, 2012.