Burning mouth syndrome is a discomforting, painful and frustrating condition, usually described as scalding sensation on the tip or the back of the tongue, the lips or throughout the entire mouth cavity. Although middle-aged women are more prone to this condition, it can affect anyone. In general, the condition starts with a discomforting feeling of a burning tip of tongue, and then gradually the sensation of burning tongue spreads throughout the whole tongue and mouth cavity. Usually this condition is a symptom of some medical or dental problem, menopause, but it can also be a clear sign of nutritional deficiency, diabetes, blood thinning medications side effect or allergies. Moderate to severe tip of tongue burning sensation is usually the first sign of burning mouth syndrome, and this frustrating condition can persist for many years. For women who are in menopause, the sensation starts early in the morning, while it reaches its peak in the late afternoon and evening. Peculiarly, this scalding feeling is absent throughout the night. People who are diagnosed with this condition differ in the scale of discomfort. For some the pain comes and goes, while for other the pain is constant and persistent. For these people it is not unusual to be diagnosed with anxiety and depression, conditions that are result of this chronic pain. Beside the scalding sensation on the tip of their tongues, many people experience metallic or bitter change in the taste in their mouths, numbness on the tip of the tongue and dry mouth (dry mouth symptom in combination with the burning mouth syndrome is usually a clear sign of diabetes).
Causes of a burning tip of tongue symptom
The burning tip of tongue symptom is the first of the many underlying symptoms of burning mouth syndrome. This syndrome can be triggered by a wide range of medical conditions or issues. For middle-aged women the burning mouth syndrome is a consequence of the menopausal changes in their bodies, due to the hormonal imbalance. Other than that, this syndrome can be a sign of damage of the nerves which are responsible for controlling pain and taste, it can be a sign of Sjogren’s syndrome, nutritional deficiencies, oral candida, allergies, diabetes, medication side effect, dental disease or oral cancer.
Burning tongue diagnostic
Being the first of the many symptoms of burning mouth syndrome, burning tongue usually is so irritating that the vast majority of people seek medical help after just few weeks of the initial symptoms. Burning mouth syndrome is diagnosed by thorough blood tests, oral examination and allergy testing.
Treatment of tip of tongue burning sensation
The treatment of the tip of tongue burning sensation depends on the cause of the burning mouth syndrome. However, for most people, the doctors do not prescribe medications, as the condition usually goes away on its own, or it can be relieved by homeopathic medications like herbal teas and herbal concoctions. In general, one quick (but not permanent) solution to this problem is chewing a peppermint sugar-free gum.