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Matthew W
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Ok, here is my problem.

I had a halloween show last night and opened with fire eating for the first time ever.

I have been practicing for about a year and have been practicing a routine for the past couple of weeks.

The eating went over great and the audience loved it.

However, during the routing I accidentally closed around the metal of the torch. It stung for a little while the rest of the night.

I woke up this morning with small blisters all on the right side of the inside of lips (inside the mouth, you cant see them even when I'm talking.)

I put some aquaphor ointment on them. It doesn't hurt, but I was wondering how long they usually take to heal.

Is there anything I can do to make them heal quicker?

-Matt
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Healing time will vary with degree of burn and your own physiology. Nothing will really make it heal faster, just keep it moisturized. In some medical texts they say aspirin if taken within 24 hours of a minor burn will help reverse the degree of the burn a bit. Just be careful and stay away from the hot metal next time.
Next time, as soon as possible put cold water or wet ice (that is ice that is already melting) on it to reduce the burn. After a burn your skin tends to continue to cook a while. Cooling as soon as possible helps keep the degree of the burn down.
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Rizzo
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Great advice.Ice or ice water right after the initial mishap would have alleviated the burning, rest of the night.
Rotten
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Just leave the blisters alone and don't peel them or bite on them. It will only make them worse. Use chapstick to stick the flaps down as they fall off on their own. It will take as long to heal as a hot pizza burn. Mouths heal fast. Next time you practice fire eating remember to smile and that will keep your lips away from the metal. If you don't perform fire regularly don't do it on occasion. IT IS DANGEROUS AND SHOULD BE LEFT TO THE PROS. I eat fire every week and rarely get a little blister these days. Only if I have a hot crowd and I'm doing teeth holds. One little mistake can cause a bunch of problems.
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I think the rush of adrenalin during performance, which is impossiblt to replicate in practice or rehearsal, is probably responsible for the burn. Fortunately after a few of them, it becomes instinctive not to touch your lips against the metal.

I've never burnt my lips during teeth holds. Sounds like a breathing problem.

I am suspicious though that teeth holds are responsible for at least one veneer coming loose on my teeth every 2 or 3 months.

Happily I asked my doctor about my liver after 30 years of fire-eating and quite a few snake bites and he says the blood tests indicate it's in perfect health. No liver cancer for this fire eater thus far.

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I just had a liver screen as well and after eating fire for 20 plus years I'm still fine.

If the A/C is on it blows the fire across my face in the theater I work. Not a breathing issue as much as a blowing issue.

I would suspect the fire for your veneer problem too. I heard it does a job on our enamel as well.
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I have been a fire-eater for about 14 years and have had my fair share of accidental blisterings. In general, with small areas of 2nd degree burns, such as a blistered lip, immediately following the show place cold moist compresses on the burn. DO NOT use any ointments, butter, olive oil, etc. as they will cause more harm than good should further medical attention be needed. Don't chew or bite on the blisters. Be careful what you eat as a toasted bagel or a thick crust of pizza can readily tear the delicate tissues. Above all, time is the greatest healer.

A caveat (as an EMT I must!): Any burn should be treated by a competent mdical professional. Realistically, of course, a burn that goes thicker than the mere surface of the skin or a burn that encompasses an area greater than a single square inch should immediately be seen by an ER doctor.
Christopher Lyle
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WELCOME to the world of Fire Eating! Consider this your first of many battle scars. I find that BLISTIX works really well for something like this. The good news is THIS injury is an injury you'll only make ONCE (I hope!).
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Matthew W
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I use aquapohor ointment for burns, it works really well.

My dad knew I burnt myself, but we agreed not to tell mom.

Ever get the feeling someone knows something you did not tell them? The next day, my mom offers me orange juice at breakfast (citrus), I never drink orange juice. Then at lunch she goes, why don't you get pepperoni on your pizza? Then at dinner she says, ooh hot wings!

My father and I kept looking at each other every time she would say something.
-Matt
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