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Dissolvable Benzocaine Breath Strips Promise Instant Relief From Food Burns

By Rob Cypher, Oct 21, 2012 | | |
  1. Rob Cypher
    Thanks to researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, you may never have to gingerly sip a hot cup of coffee again to avoid burns.

    Because they've developed a dissolvable strip that numbs the pain of a bad burn in your mouth, instead of freshening your breath. The strip is placed directly onto the part of the mouth that's burned—whether it's the tongue, cheek, or roof—and as it dissolves it delivers a controlled dosage of a local anesthetic called benzocaine. The pain reliever is already used in products designed to relive discomfort from dental work and sore throats, so it already has the FDA's blessing for use by consumers. But since a bad burn can take a few days to heal, the strip's creators are now working on ways to extend its effects to two or three days until the healing process is well under way. Hopefully the strips don't numb your tastebuds too, because what's the point of tackling a fiery hot curry if you can't taste it?



  1. Rob Cypher
    LOL, a commentator on that article's message board noted:

    "benzocaine strips were marketed for years by chloraseptic(r) and discontinued for want of demand. good luck with this one."

    He is right...it was promoted for years in Europe/Russia to little success, and even had a trial run in North America. Wonder why this article's author seems to think this is new (although to be fair, I've never heard of them either) or didn't do a little research himself before writing the article. LOL oh well
  2. stryder09
    What? You're still burning your mouth. Never underestimate the stupidity of man...
  3. trdofbeingtrd
    If this product was only for burns in the mouth, I can see how it could not make it. I mean yes, I have burned the inside of my mouth a handful of times in my 32 years.....but not enough to have this stuff around just in case (although in the medicene cabinet would not be so bad).

    Anyways, I was thinking about it, if people can use it for different reasons as well and they don't market it only under a burn in mouth pain reliever, it has a good chance.

    Right away the first thing that popped in my mind is if it can work to help with tooth/gum/jaw pain, especially if they figured out a way to make it last for a few days at a time.............or the other one is for like cold sores, except that you want to feel the pain if the cold sore is in certain areas so you don't chew on it and make it worse.

    I mean getting relief from cold sores is cool and all providing you don't end up doing more harm than good, but the tooth pain relief application could be great.
  4. Rob Cypher
    They already have Orajel for that (a cream for dental sores that is 20% benzocaine).
  5. trdofbeingtrd
    Yes, I know, but it sucks. This strip could last a few days and orajel goes away especially if you get your tounge and saliva all over the orajel. Also, orajel don't work that great (to me anyways). If this stuff can get a burn in the mouth to not bother a person, then it should work to dull tooth pain really good.
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