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Spicy food: bad for the oral mucosa?

If your mouth stings

Who does not know it: you eat something spicy, be it accidentally or to try something new, and your whole mouth seems to go up in flames. Depending on how often you eat spicy food, an irritated oral mucosa can be the result. We summarize here what the sharpness in the oral cavity is all about and how it can be mitigated.

Hot, hotter, chili! That is why sharpness irritates the oral mucosa

Anyone who has ever eaten a pepperoni or chilli pepper knows what then happens in the mouth: it can burn quite a bit! However, “hot” cannot be compared with “sweet” or “sour”. Because there are no taste buds on the tongue that can taste hot. Similar to eating or drinking that is too hot, the spicy foods irritate the lining of the mouth and gums and lead to the burning pain. Usually chillies with the ingredient capsaicin provide the spicy taste in food. In the case of pepper it is the ingredient piperine and in the case of ginger it is gingerol. Contrary to what is often assumed, however, the sharpness creates no skin burns. Instead, the vessels widen Blood flow is increased and the Skin flushes. This also makes the Taste buds more sensitive and you perceive the food much more intensely. In addition, symptoms such as sweating can occur. In this way the body tries to “cool down” and counteract the pain.

Tips against irritated oral mucosa

Everyone has their own theory of what helps when the food is too spicy and the oral cavity hurts. There are also many myths among them, because not everything really helps with irritated oral mucosa. Here are tips on how to counteract the sharpness both acutely and in the long term.

Tip 1: dairy products

Those who want to get rid of a burning sensation are best served with milk, cheese, yogurt or other dairy products. Because the capsaicin contained in chilli is fat-soluble and can therefore be easily neutralized.

Tip 2: bread

White bread in particular can weaken the effect of the spicy substances. When chewed for a long time, the bread acts like a sponge and literally soaks up the “hot substances”.

Tip 3: a teaspoon of oil

To reduce the spiciness not only in food, but also in the mouth, oil can be very helpful. The fat is an important flavor carrier that binds the pungent active ingredients and can thus wash away.

Tip 4: honey

If oil is out of the question, honey can also be a tried and tested home remedy for relieving overly spicy foods. Honey covers the mucous membranes and gums like a film and thus supports acute pain relief.

Tip 5: medicinal plants

The medicinal plants yarrow and chamomile in particular can soothe irritated oral mucosa after spicy food. Although they do not remove the spiciness of the food, they have anti-inflammatory, hemostatic and analgesic effects. Those who enjoy spicy food can use the Kamillan Pharma Wernigerode mouth spray, for example, both preventively and after eating. The spray contains an extract of chamomile flowers and yarrow as well as panthenol. It strengthens and protects the oral mucosa and gums every day.
P.S. By the way, drinking water does not reduce the spiciness. On the contrary: water ensures that the pungent ingredients are distributed in the mouth and irritate even more pain receptors.