Burning Mouth Syndrome

March 22nd, 2017 by admin in Havas ENT Clinics, Mouth Comments Off on Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome is characterised by a burning sensation in the tongue or lips, gums, palate, throat, or the whole of mouth usually in the absence of any clinical or laboratory findings.

The major symptoms are burning pain, dryness and altered taste. It is more common in women than men, and particularly more common in women after menopause.

Typically the patients awake without pain, but note increasing symptoms throughout the day and into the evening.

Most studies indicate that the highest prevalence is in post-menopausal women, but it can occur in either gender at any age.

In most cases, no clinical or laboratory abnormalities can be detected. This condition is called primary, or idiopathic, burning mouth syndrome. Current research suggests that this idiopathic burning mouth syndrome is related to dysfunction in cranial and autonomic nerves pertaining to sensation of taste.

The treatment of burning mouth syndrome is directed at the symptoms, and the treatment of any co-existing oral mucosal pathology. When there is mucosal disease, like lichen planus or candidiasis, a diagnosis of the co-existent pathology needs to be made and treated.

If you are experiencing unexplained mouth pain such as a burning sensation in your mouth, come and make an appointment with Professor Havas to find out more about your condition and possible treatment options.