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Friday, September 12, 2008

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Today Lady Teelah (great name!) wrote a comment regarding my post on Prednisone Psychosis.

See her comment here.

She mentioned her own autoimmune disease as well as concerns for burning mouth. I hadn't heard of that before so I googled it and found some articles. One produced by Mayo Clinic had a list of causes for Burning Mouth Syndrome which I am including here. Many of these surprise me.

* Dry mouth (xerostomia), which can be caused by various medications or health problems.

* Other oral conditions, such as oral yeast infection (thrush), oral lichen planus and geographic tongue.

* Psychological factors, such as anxiety, depression or excessive health worries.

* Nutritional deficiencies, such as lack of iron, zinc, folate (vitamin B-9), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and cobalamin (vitamin B-12).

* Dentures. Dentures can place stress on some of the muscles and tissues of your mouth, causing mouth pain. The materials used in dentures also can irritate the tissues in your mouth.

* Nerve damage to nerves that control taste and pain in the tongue.

* Allergies or reactions to foods, food flavorings, other food additives, fragrances, dyes or other substances.

* Reflux of stomach acid (gastroesophageal reflux disease) that enters your mouth from your upper gastrointestinal tract.

* Certain medications, particularly high blood pressure medications called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

* Oral habits, such as tongue thrusting and teeth grinding (bruxism).

* Endocrine disorders, such as diabetes and underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).

* Hormonal imbalances, such as those associated with menopause.

* Excessive mouth irritation, which may result from overbrushing of your tongue, overuse of mouthwashes or having too many acidic drinks.

1 comment:

Jamiedownsmclaughlin@gmail.com said...

I have had lichen planus for about 12 years. I had the grey rash and white ulsers a few years back. Now I have a classic description of burning mouth. The extensive (expensive) dental work I require as a result of years of a too painful mouth is not helping. I also have some undefined rheumatoid condition and have been taking NSAIDS for about 19 years. I was just diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus which causes reflux. I really feel that many of these things are related to an as yet in identified rheumatoid condition. Does anyone else have a similar history. My main interest is finding affordable dental care, perhaps paid for by Medicare.



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