Researchers from the University of Texas Austin have developed an oral strip that will relieve the burning sensation from hot food and drinks.
The days of burning yourself on a slice of pizza or scolding hot coffee are over. New research at the University of Texas, Austin, has led to the development of a new oral strip. The strip immediately numbs the pain where it has been applied, allowing you to enjoy your hot food and drink without pain. The strip is designed to deliver localized anesthetic Benzocaine, a drug usually used as a topical pain reliever in dental products, as well as therapeutic polymers. The strips stick to your mouth and is completely non-toxic, dissolving in your saliva after it is applied.
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The research will be presented at the 2012 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists annual meeting. Afterward, the researchers hope to continue their work and deliver a more powerful version of the strip which could work for two to three days and relieve more severe burns.
Of course, just because you don't feel the pain doesn't mean the hot food isn't doing damage to your mouth, so perhaps we shouldn't all begin drinking boiling water just yet.