Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed strips containing benzocaine that can be used to relieve pain.

Eating or drinking hot foods and beverages, such as coffee, pizza, and soup, can sometimes lead to burns. Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, led by Jason McConville, have developed a dissolvable oral strip that can immediately relieve this pain.

The strip was designed controlled delivery of the local anesthetic benzocaine (used in dental products and throat lozenges), and a therapeutic polymer. It can be applied directly to the burned part of the tongue, cheek, or roof of the mouth. It sticks to the affected area, quickly dissolving for instant pain relief and also promoting healing. McConville said:

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