Burning Mouth Syndrome: It’s a Thing


Does it sometimes feel like your mouth, lips or tongue are literally on fire? If you do, you may be suffering from burning mouth syndrome, whose cause in unknown and can leave patients in pain for years.

Also known as glossodynia, this rare and chronic condition is associated with nerve dysfunction in the brain and mouth, causing its sufferers to feel a burning tongue sensation. One patient told ABC News that the only way she could describe it is was “as if you took a book of matches, lit them and stuck them in your mouth.”

Since there isn’t a specific test for burning mouth syndrome, and there aren’t any visible lesions, dentist and doctors often don’t know how to diagnose it when sufferers of the syndrome visit their offices. The discomfort can also be all around the mouth, from the roof to the lips.

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