Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Certain foods and beverages may irritate blisters on the tongue or in the mouth or throat. Try these tips to help make blister soreness less bothersome and eating and drinking more tolerable:

  • Suck on ice pops or ice chips
  • Eat ice cream or sherbet
  • Drink cold beverages, such as milk or ice water
  • Avoid acidic foods and beverages, such as citrus fruits, fruit drinks and soda
  • Avoid salty or spicy foods
  • Eat soft foods that don't require much chewing
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water after meals

If your child is able to rinse without swallowing, swishing the inside of his or her mouth with warm salt water may be soothing. Mix 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) of salt with 1 cup (237 milliliters) of warm water. Have your child rinse with this solution several times a day, or as often as needed to help reduce the pain and inflammation of mouth and throat sores caused by hand-foot-and-mouth disease.

Aug. 26, 2011