Dissolving Stick-On Patch to Soothe Burnt Mouth

by Anne Trueman on  November 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM Health In Focus   - G J E 4
We all must have experienced the pain of sipping a hot steaming coffee or biting the scorching hot pizza. Scalding the inside of your mouth by delicious hot food is indeed a worse experience anyone can have.
Dissolving Stick-On Patch to Soothe Burnt Mouth
Dissolving Stick-On Patch to Soothe Burnt Mouth

The new found solution is a stick-on patch that can instantly soothe the pain.

The oral dissolvable strips can be placed directly on the burnt region to provide instant relief and hasten the healing process.

The researchers put forth their work at a conference held at Chicago.

Mr. Jason McConville of the University of Texas at Austin, stated, "We found these strips to be non-toxic, which has huge potential for anyone who burns their mouth while eating and drinking hot foods--and that's just about everyone."

The scientists said that these strips are quite identical to breath freshening strips in appearance and behaviour.

The strip has local anaesthetic benzocaine and a polymer that helps in healing. Benzocaine is a topical pain reliving agent. It is widely used in dental products such as lozenges.

The strip when applied to the affected region does not interfere with the daily activities as it dissolves quickly.

McConville, and his team at the University of New Mexico are now working on creating a stronger strip that will be capable of treating more severe burns.

The scientists said that at present, the strip available is mango flavoured, but very soon, strips will be available in various other flavours.


Source: Medindia

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