Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a complex, vexing condition in which a burning pain occurs on your tongue or lips, or over widespread areas involving your whole mouth, without any obvious reason.
The disorder has long been associated with a variety of other conditions — including menopause, psychological problems, nutritional deficiencies, and disorders of the mouth, such as oral thrush and dry mouth (xerostomia). More recently, some researchers have suggested dysfunctional or damaged nerves as a possible cause. But the exact cause of burning mouth syndrome is often difficult to pin down, and pain may continue for months or years.
Treatment is highly individualized and depends on your particular symptoms and on the underlying cause or causes, if they can be identified. Most people with burning mouth syndrome can decrease their symptoms through tailored treatment plans. Other names sometimes used for burning mouth syndrome include scalded mouth syndrome, burning tongue syndrome, burning lips syndrome, glossodynia and stomatodynia.
Causes of Burning tongue
Some times it is due to dry mouth and this syndrome is by normal process of aging or by medications such as antihistamines or antidepressants. Burning mouth is a result of heavy medications in case of people suffering with cancer and some crucial ailments. As their medicines are very strong, it results in burning tongue. Anxiety and stress damage the nerves. It is essential to consume lots of nutritional substances of iron, B vitamins and zinc.
Many times lack of nutrients leads to anemia. Adding to this, food allergies, food coloring, fragrances, additives, chemical preservatives are also associated to induce burning mouth. Chewing habits such as the interiors of the cheek, teeth clenching and tongue thrusting are some of the causes for burning tongue. High blood pressure leads to hormonal imbalances and results in burning tongue.
Home Remedy for Burning Tongue
An effective way to cure burning tongue is to suck on a piece of ice. It works wonders, treating the ailment effectively.
Enhance the consumption of water. Larger quantity of water intake helps keep the mouth moist.
Increase the consumption of food rich in Vitamin B, such as potatoes, bananas, lentils, chile peppers, tempeh, liver oil, liver, turkey, tuna, nutritional yeast (or brewer's yeast) and molasses.
Apply glycerin on the tongue. It would give a cooling sensation, thereby relieving the pain and burning sensation.
Another effective treatment for curing burning tongue is to have honey with milk. It increases the blood flow to the tongue, thereby healing it.
For meals, resort to plain food, with lots of boiled vegetables. This would act beneficial in treating burning tongue.
Lavender oil acts as an antiseptic. It not only works well to cure burning tongue, but also promotes blood circulation. Apply lavender oil on the affected area and leave overnight.
Add iron rich food, such as broccoli, spinach and parsley, to your diet. They will help in treating burning tongue, by aiding the production of new red blood cells, replacing the damaged ones.
It is recommended to have fresh fruit juice and vegetable juice, while suffering from burning tongue. These juices provide the necessary nutrients to the body and help relieve the burning sensation.
Sugar free chewing gums would also be worthwhile in curing burning tongue. They keep the tongue moist and ease the pain.
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