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Natural Cures for Burning Mouth Syndrome

Last Modified on Apr 30, 2015

Individuals who have experienced the condition describe it as a painful burning that seems similar to that of reflux or an allergic reaction, but the burning continues on even despite typical treatments. If you are affected by burning mouth syndrome, you likely consider even normal, everyday activities, like speaking and eating, quite painful, which is one reason progressive care is so important. In any case, you can use natural cures, like vitamin B, alpha-lipoic acid, and baking soda to treat burning mouth syndrome.

What Is Burning Mouth Syndrome?

Just as its name implies, burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a condition characterized by pervasive burning in your mouth and throat. The condition also commonly affects your gums, lips, inside of your cheeks, and roof of your mouth. The pain is commonly so sudden and severe that it feels as if you have scalded your mouth. The condition also often causes a sensation of dry mouth and increased thirst as well as changes in your tastes.

While it is often difficult to identify the cause of BMS, the condition is generally classified as either primary or secondary depending on the “identifiable” cause. Primary burning mouth syndrome is diagnosed when no clinical or lab abnormalities are apparent or identifiable. Secondary BMS is associated with an underlying medical condition, such as dry mouth, fungal infection, inflammatory conditions, nutritional deficiencies, dentures, allergies or allergic reactions, reflux, oral habits, endocrine disorders, excessive mouth irritation, or psychological factors.

How Can I Treat BMS Naturally?

In addition to medical support, you can implement a number of lifestyle or home remedies as well as natural treatments to remedy burning mouth syndrome. Some of the most effective treatment options include vitamin B, alpha-lipoic acid, baking soda, and dietary changes. Drinking extra water and eating ice chips are also good “instant relievers” for the condition.

1. Vitamin B

According to NaturalRemedies.org, burning mouth syndrome is often a result of vitamin deficiency. One of the most commonly deficient nutrients associated with the condition is vitamin B, so boosting your intake of the nutrient is an effective way to treat the condition. You can take a daily supplement or add additional natural sources of the nutrient to your diet. Meat, brown rice, fish, wheat germ, whole grain breads and cereals, and soybeans are all good sources of vitamin B.

2. Alpha-Liopic Acid

A study in the Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine supports alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) as an effective remedy for burning mouth syndrome. This nutrient is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your body against free radicals. It also helps recover the function of your nerve cells and prevent further damage. For the best results, take 600mg of ALA twice a day.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another effective treatment option as it helps neutralize the environment in your mouth. This substance helps balance your pH and alleviates various symptoms associated with acidity in your body. Baking soda also helps fight infection and overgrowth of yeast in your mouth. Employ this remedy by brushing with baking soda or gargling with a combination of 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda in 6 to 8 ounces of water.

4. Honey

Honey is another treatment option supported by NaturalRemedies.org. This treatment helps soothe your mouth and also helps fight infection. Try applying honey directly to your tongue and allow it to sit for 30 to 60 seconds before swallowing.

5. Lavender

Lavender is another effective remedy for BMS. This treatment helps soothe pain and reduce inflammation. It also helps calm your senses and reduce stress. For the best results, take 40 mg of lavender oil by mouth twice a day.

Keep reading for more interesting natural cures suggested by our readers.

References:
Alpha-Lipoic Acid Effective Against Burning Mouth Syndrome - http://www.bastyrcenter.org/content/view/573/
Burned Mouth Syndrome (BMS) - http://www.naturalremedies.org/burning-tongue/
Burning Mouth Syndrome - http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/Burning/BurningMouthSyndrome.htm
Diseases and Conditions: Burning Mouth Syndrome - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/burning-mouth-syndrome/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20029596


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ALA   0  0   

Posted by Susanna (Lexington, Sc) on 03/13/2014

I am so happy to have found this site and appreciate all the very helpful information. I have suffered from Burning Mouth Syndrome for 5 years. I have tried almost every home remedy (and some prescription medications) with minimal success. The toothpaste I used for several years recently changed their formula and the new formula irritates my tongue tremendously. I am now ready to try ALA. I hesitated previously because there seems to be some contraindications for its use in people with thyroid disorders. I have Graves Disease but have been in remission for two and a half years. So, I have two questions... First, is anyone aware of precautions for people with thyroid disease using ALA? Second, I am not particularly knowledgeable about supplements so can someone please clarify what type of ALA I should try? The discussion was very informative but a little over my head. Thanks in advance for any information.

Replied by Becca
Abilene, Tx
03/14/2014

There was clinical test done in the late 60's that said ALA MiGHT affect the T3 thyroid meds. I take thyroid medicine and have been on ALA now for a couple of months and have felt nothing but better. The type of ALA you want to take is STABALIZED R Alpha Lipoic Acid. I take 450 mg in the morning and another 150 in the afternoon if I am having issues with my mouth. Also, when it gets particularly bad, put about 1/2 tsp of cooking grade baking soda in about 6 oz of water and drink. This will alkalize your body quickly and provide relief. The ALA is an amazing supplement...good luck!
Replied by Majikat
South Africa
04/22/2014

Many lost suffering souls I see here. I am also suffering with BMS for the last 4 years. It's hell. It sucks the enjoyment out of life terribly and others who don't have it are simply unable to empathize.

Anyway, I see a lot of suggestions here and there. What you guys really need to do is check for mercury in your system (do a hair elements test at directlabs.com) they can ship the test back and forth from anywhere in the world. Also do a Stools MC&S test to check for fungal infection (most commonly C. Albicans will show up which is known to cause BMS).

Most likely the reason why some find relief with ALA is because it is the most powerful mercury chelator (or detoxifier). Most people are inadvertently moving mercury out of their mouths to other parts of their body using ALA. You must research Dr. Andy Cutler mercury detox protocol which involves small doses of ALA every 3 hours for 3 days on and then 3 days off. You do this for 1 - 5 years to get rid of all the mercury in your system which is probably the biggest hidden cause of BMS mainly from amalgam 'silver' looking fillings. The mercury leaks into your mouth and body, lowers your immune system and allows a Candida fungal infection to take hold. Both mercury and Candida cause BMS. You'll have to remove them both, starting with mercury.

Good luck. You should also check for nerve damage (lingual nerve damage).

Alpha Lipoic Acid (Ala)   1  0   

Posted by Debbie (Hadera, Israel) on 04/23/2010

[YEA]  Burning mouth syndrome

I have suffered terribly from BMS for about 2 years,tried lots of alternative treatments and none helped. I then started taking ALA 600 mg every day. It's gone !!! The only thing that I am not sure of is for how long I need to carry on taking it? Forever?

Replied by Dean
Huntersville, Nc
04/27/2011

I get a burning sensation on the roof of my mouth in the rear twards the enterance of my throat when ever I eat starchy, flowery, foods, like Bisquick, Mrs. Butterworth, or pretty much any pancake mixes.

I have spent my adult life avoiding starchy carbohydrates as I might just as well attatch them to my waistline as that is where they go. I love the taste of breads and potatoes but dropping them from my diet also dropped my weight and waistline.

What causes the burning on the roof of my mouth? I think I remember reading that your mouth is the fastest way for starchy carbs to get into your bloodstream and mess with your sugar. Any input?

Replied by Wundurbear
Birmingham, Al, Us
03/20/2012

Try avoiding gluten containing foods. As soon as I removed gluten from my diet, the burning stopped. It is a hard diet to follow, but anything is better than the BMS.
Replied by Wundurbear
Birmingham, Al, Us
03/20/2012

I tried taking ALA. It made my liver enzymes elevate. After 5 years of suffering from BMS, I also had some digestive issues. I had begun to address the digestive issues through research and elimination of certain foods. I came to the conclusion, I was gluten intolerant. After eliminating gluten from my diet, the burning in my mouth completely stopped. After 5 years. And the digestive issues have also ceased. I had gas, bloating, indigestion and just complete discomfort after eating. I was diagnosed with acid reflux and took those treatments. Turns out the gluten allergy was causing it all. Please try this, just to see. I can't tell you how relieved I am!
Replied by Brian
Campbell, California
06/08/2012

I also suffered with BMS for about 2 months. It was getting progressively worse. I could hardly eat or drink anything. Almost couldn't brush my teeth anymore. Did some searching on the web and decided to try 600 mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid 1x day. Also, stopped all oral products except Biotene toothpaste and mouthwash. Dramatic improvement within 2 weeks, and now 5 months out I still do the same regimen daily. I am back to normal. I can eat and drink whatever I did prior to the onset.

Beer Rinse, Baking Soda   0  0   

Posted by Peggy (Vidor, Tx - Texas) on 05/21/2012

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I am a 60 year old female in really good health. I have had burning mouth for 6 months now. I have tried all the remedies on the computer. I have found rinsing my mouth with a light beer ( I do not drink) lessens the burn for a while. Also brush with baking soda often helps also. Good luck to you all.

Replied by Margie
Lebanon, Il
05/22/2012

Have you have any more luck finding why or how you got Burning tongue and how to quiet it down? Raisins help me...

Burning Mouth Syndrome Triggers   0  0   

Posted by Bernie (Nj) on 03/23/2014

My BMS started about 3 weeks ago (3-01-2014) 1st started with dry mouth then shortly thereafter burning mouth. All of this started shortly after a ct scan with contrast of stomach and pelvic area. I have not seen a Dr. yet but will make appt. Monday. I am 75 yrs old in pretty good health I feel the scan had something to do with BMS. BERNIE

Replied by Faithfulfriend
Cal
05/03/2014

That is very interesting sounds like you contracted something at the hospital? This is my thinking if baking soda relieves some of it maybe it is FUNGAL in orgin That is why people are getting relief from no carbs, gluten, and no sugar basically the anti candida diet. If it is fungel try a a natural antifungaLs such as oregano oil , olive leaf oil and garlic and brush your teeth with baking soda and orginal listerine mixed if fungus is the cause you will know soon enough

Posted by Kate (West La, California) on 08/09/2011

I have never experienced burning mouth or burning tongue syndrome until recently. However, I had read about the terrible problems people have with this condition by perusing different health sites over the years and I figured it out within a day or two. My episode was triggered after I ran out of our holistic toothpaste and grabbed my husband's small travel tube, which was an Arm & Hammer brand. Almost immediately after using it, the right corner of my mouth cracked open and started to bleed. Then my tongue started to feel raw. Not realizing I had just triggered burning tongue, I ate tortilla chips with the hottest salsa imagineable at a restaurant the next day. The hot peppers in the salsa burned the tip of my tongue, causing tiny but immensely painful blisters. I was unable to sleep for the next 2 days. It was sheer torture. After finding burning tongue remedies on Earth Clinic, I started to alkalize with Ted's baking soda remedies. I also swished baking soda and water solution in my mouth several times a day. It took a week to heal and what a painful week it was. During that time I spoke to an oral surgeon friend who told me that this condition appears more frequently for menopausal woman (I am not). He told me that he had a female patient commit suicide after months of having a burning tongue. That's how serious and painful this condition is.

I hope people will look to the chemicals in toothpaste and hot spicy food when they get a burning tongue. I never want to go through that again! Hope this post helps someone, somewhere.

Replied by Marina
Paros, Greece
12/18/2011

I recently suffered from BMS, never heard of it before and after reading ALOT about it did the following home remedies. I immediately bought a herbal toothpaste, I drank 1/2 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda) in a glass of water twice a day to reduce acid, I also took 1 capsule of Spirulina with a glass of water 4 times per day after reading that my body could be lacking iron (along with some other nutrients). I took a capsule of milk thistle to help the liver illiminate toxins, I avoided sugar and other white carbs (white pasta, white rice, cookies, cakes, white flour etc. Etc. ). I also sucked on lumps of coconut oil (from the fridge so it was solid) which IMMEDIATELY eased the symptoms whenever the burning was unbearable (being anti virul, anti bacterial, antisceptic and anti fungal I thought it could do no harm). I also drank a couple of litres of water every day and often squeezed a lemon in too. Amazingly, after fearing that I was going to be living with BMS the rest of my life, it has GONE AWAY - yeah!!! I don't know whether to continue with this regime now it's gone or stick with it - I feel better all round so I may just keep it up. Avoiding the white carbs has also caused me to lose a few unwanted Kgs and I have heaps more energy. Good luck everyone - I can't imagine still having that bloody condition - nightmare.
Replied by Angierose
Dublin, Ireland
11/09/2012

I have been suffering from BMS for almost eight years now and have been reading up every article or item I can get my hands on to help educate myself on any possible cures out there. The medical profession seems to be either ignorant of its existence as an ailment or powerless to help. I also suffer from food allergies which I have now read are possibly related and which means I have Type 3 BMS (there are 3 types according to the website medscape). Anyway, have tried everything, every diet, every pill, every alternative therapy... Nothing has helped. I suppose I will end my days with the horrible ailment, I would not wish on my worst enemy. My mother also suffered from it, but not my three sisters, so far. Am trying the coconut oil, solid from the refridgerator which does ease the pain for a short time. Also doing the baking soda and water twice a day combined with lemon juice in water. Somethimes I get some relief, other times no relief.

I am 58 now and although am almost resigned to having this curse forever, I would be most grateful for any help, suggestions anyone out there may have. Thanking you in advance.

Replied by Molosser
Asuncion, Paraguay
11/11/2012

Hi. I am a 44 yo male , living in South America. I had the same "Burning Tongue" symptoms for almost a year. I figured, that it had to be a metabolic problem, because I tried almost ALL existing treatments against the most obvious like candida and herpes, with no results.

I cured it with Oregon Grape Root.

I bought empty capsules, size 00, 1 pound of organic Oregon Grape root powder and a encapsulation machine, all on amazon. With my 210 pounds bodyweight, my dosage was 4 times daily 6 capsules. The pain got away at the fourth day of treatment. I halved the dosage after one week and took the capsules two more month. After a year, the problem came back and I used the same method again, with positive results. Before trying this, please adjust the dosage to your bodyweight.

I wish you all the best.

Molosser

Replied by Liette
Barrie, Ontario
11/29/2012

I've had BTS for a few months and it seems to go away when I avoid coffee! I do have food allergies, especially to wheat, dairy and eggs. Sometimes when I eat other types of flours it tingles a bit but for me coffee is the culprit. I don't know if I'm allergic to it. good luck everyone! Liette
Replied by Jacque
Seattle, Wa
01/19/2014

I had BMS for about five years with no help from my doctors (they seem to think you are crazy when you mention BMS). Recently I have been diagnosed with celiac disease and am following a strict wheat-free diet and after a few weeks my BMS has completely disappeared. I am convinced that the gluten in wheat is the culprit here.
Replied by Maureen
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
02/16/2014

Hi,

I have burning mouth syndrome from time to time (I do right now) and I find that stress is a contributor but not a cause, but when I am not eating well (too much carbs or sugar) and am stressed as well, I have to cut coffee or my mouth will start to burn. Coffee seems to be the thing that is the ultimate trigger and I like my coffee STRONG!

I, like many of you, have digestive issues, allergies including one to nickel, food intolerances and even a sorbitol intolerance. Food intolerances often cause acidity as a reaction so I am not surprised that food intolerances or allergies may cause or contribute to BMS. Also, stress causes acidity as does sugars and refined carbs. I think the main culprit here is acidity in the mouth, whatever the cause.

Good luck to all!

Capsaicin   1  0   

Posted by Erin (Sherwood Park, Alberta) on 04/16/2009

[YEA]  I was suffering with burning mouth syndrome for over a year. Tried everything, B vitamins, oral rinses etc. My oral pathologist prescribed lozenges with capcasin and it is the only thing that helped. I have also been tested for celiac twice, but tested negative. As of right now my bms has totally disappeared. I was eating oatmeal everyday, but have stopped and my digestive system is better. Next week I am going to start eating oatmeal again everyday to see if the bms comes back.

Replied by Kaz
Burrill Lake, Nsw, Australia
05/29/2010

HI I have had BMS for the past six years and as you know it is consuming. I am soooooo over it. I am a 53 year old female and have tried everything you could possibly imagine and spent a small fortune trying to get some kind of relief. Some days are better than others, when it's bad I have actually taken to rubbing bonjela on my gums, tongue etc (baby teething gel).

I am a stress head, post menopausal,why me though? Please help! I also do not eat much red meat. I have had VitB injections and vitamin supplements.

Hoping to hear from you very soon.
Take care,
Karen

Dietary Changes   2  0   

Posted by Mar Mimi (Greece, Paros) on 01/29/2013

[YEA]  Try an elimination diet of all food allergens - I'm in the process of doing a 10 day one for Hashimotos autoimmune disease (Dr Ks diet). I went gluten and coffee free a few weeks back and already my burning mouth syndrome has gone. With the elimination diet you completely clean up your body and then introduce things back in slowly to see what triggers your body - you'll be amazed at other little ailments just dissappearing - my back ache (which I've suffered with for 9 months) has also gone - what's that all about!!! I would recommend elimination diet to anyone suffering with this - it's hard going but well worth it.

Posted by Kate (Newport, Ri) on 12/03/2009

[YEA]  Hi, I was in graduate school, managing to eat healthy mostly vegetarian home cooked food - but not sleeping enough and extremely stressed and drinking coffee - when my tongue started to burn. In a couple of days it got so bad that it became insanely distracting and spread to my gums and lips. Eating (especially acidic foods) became unbearably uncomfortable. My tongue looked normal and I felt fine - just the usual stressed and tired. I was desperate for a solution and went to a great country doctor near my school. He explained that the cause of Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is hard to determine and it can come and go for years. One theory, he said, was B vitamin or iron deficiency. He asked if I ate red meat and told me to go eat dark green leafy vegetables like kale and chard and red meat 2x a day for three days and see what happens. If no change, I'd go back for some tests. In two days of eating beef and kale the burning was gone. I realized that the stress was causing my digestive system to just not work very well; I wasn't absorbing the vitamins I needed from my food or from the B complex supplement I had been taking. B vitamin supplements don't work, your stressed out system just flushes them out. Whole foods, a healthy digestive system, and calming down a bit are key. This is not the cause/solution for all BMS cases but it is a good start in your self-diagnosis to rule out the possibility of vitamin/mineral deficiency. If you have BMS, you have my sympathy! And I hope you find some relief soon.

Replied by Burnettcj
Cathedral City, Ca
05/09/2010

do u still have BMS?

Eliminate Mouth Wash   1  0   

Posted by Trudi (Surrey, England) on 03/20/2009

Burning Mouth Syndrome:

Hi, Can anyone suggest a cure for burning mouth syndrome, I've had this for 7 months, and the pain is unbearable. the only thing that helps calm it down a bit is sugar free gum, but I'm hoping there is an alternative to this.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
03/20/2009

[YEA]   Hi Trudi, Quite a while back I found my mouth feeling that the entire mucosa was raw, and this might be what you describe as burning mouth. One evening when heading out to join some friends, my mouth started it again when it hadn't bothered me all day long. Then my mind started searching for things that might have caused it. The last thing I had done before leaving home was use Scope mouthwash. Scope tasted better than Listerine and didn't burn like listerine while in the mouth, but when I stopped using Scope mouthwash, I stopped getting the problem. Apparently something in the mouthwash was causing the problem since getting rid of the mouthwash got rid of the problem.

If your entire oral cavity is burning, it is most likely going to be related to the mouthwash because it is more likely to touch all the mucosa.

Replied by Gina
Oslo, Norway
03/20/2009

Hi; vitamin B12 deficiency has burning tongue as a symptom. You may check the level with your doctor. B12 is poorly absorbed from supplements; it is better to have an injection.
Replied by Frank
New York, NY
03/20/2009

While the sugar free gum may help you temporarily, it contains artificial sweeteners which may be exacerbating (or even causing) your condition. Stop chewing it and see if the symptoms go away. You may also be brushing your teeth with a toothpaste which is giving you an allergic reaction. They put a lot of strong chemicals in toothpastes these days. Did you switch toothpaste brands 7 months ago?

Try swishing with baking soda and water to alkalize the inside of your mouth.

Replied by Rosy
Orlando, Fl
03/21/2009

Use plain castile soap to brush your teeth. It could be a flouride sensitivity.
Replied by Tennessee Girl
Kingsport, Tennessee
12/11/2010

I have also had BMS for about 1.5years and the only relief is chewing gum ( fruity flavors ) I use sugar free. My DDS is the ony Doctor that knows any such problems. I have seen every type MD from skin allergy to neuroligist. They have treated me with all kinds Medicine which was mentally killing me.... Seizure type.... DDS said it will go away as fast as it came.. I am trying vinegar water now 1 tsp in glass h2o.. Next I will try sodium bicarbonate(baking soda) 1/4 tsp in glass h2o.
Replied by Marilyn
Oswego, Il
12/12/2010

I also have BMS. My oral surgeon gave me this and it works. You can email me and I will give you the email address since I cannot place it here
Serenity1515(at)hotmail(dot)com
Replied by Dominique
Canada
12/27/2014

Hi. If you could let me know what your doctor prescribed you, I would appreciate knowing.
Replied by Sam
Phoenix
04/30/2015

I would be interested to know what was prescribed for your BMS. Thanks!

Eliminate Tooth Whitening Toothpaste   1  0   

Posted by Miss Poker (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) on 10/04/2011

[YEA]  Approximately 2 months ago I changed to a whitening toothpaste for a chance at whiter teeth. Succesfully the toothpaste worked right away (I mean the first time I used it), which of course left me suspicious. With no apparent health decline I continued to use this product with much happiness until just a few weeks ago. The initial suspicion about the toothpaste left my thoughts by this time. At first I thought that I was getting a cold because of the mouth irritation. So I took all of the preventative measures I knew, to rid my body of any other cold symptoms. A few days later I still had no signs of a cold. However the mouth burning continued to worsen reaching to my tongue and making it unbearable to brush my teeth. About a week into the intense burning, my mouth started to secrete a foul taste whenever I drank or ate anything. The day I started tasting this metallic/chalky/bitter taste in my mouth, I typed it into google and found a forum full of people with the exact symptoms I had. They claimed that it was 'burning mouth syndrome'. I did a little research and found that a stressor or change is what experts are thinking causes this 'syndrome'. For me I found that within 1 day my symptoms lessened by immediately switching from whitening toothpaste to 'Pro namel'! I believe that some of the things that people are putting in their mouths happen to be toxic to the cells and taste glands. In my case it happened to be a tooth whitening product. However there are many toxins hiding in our bathrooms and kitchens that we don't even realize are there.

Eliminating Gluten   1  0   

Posted by Abbe (Sydney, Australia) on 06/11/2009

I too think i have Burning Mouth Syndrome, only my burning seems to be really bad under my nose & upper lip as well. My symptoms are- reflux, constipation (for years now), dry eyes, psoriasis, sinus problems, low iron, brittle nails with ridges, flatulance and bloating. I cant seem to stomach vitamin supplements very well and i feel extremely full eating the smallest amounts of carbs.

I have been tested for H. pyroli and it was negative. Today i just had a biopsy of my intestines to see if it could be related to celiac/ gluten sensitivity. I am going to try and eliminate gluten as well as dairy and see if i notice any improvement. Has anyone else experienced similar symptoms to the above?

I feel like im going crazy and i would love to get some relief from this burning sensation in my lips etc! Its almost like a reaction and it seems to get worse throughout the day..

Replied by Anjum
Miami, Florida
06/28/2009

I have been suffering with BMS for 10 years now. Recently about two months back I found Earth Clinic and I decided to do what TED said. He said to try baking soda 1/4 teaspoon in a half glass of water for two weeks that will get rid of burning mouth or burning toungue. It is burning because of acid in mouth (most of are too much acidic) but you need to avoid dairy, sugar ( all even honey and substitues sugars)and white bread and white grains (like white rice) Take any thing that is brown, like wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, corn bread is ok. ( unless you are allergic to gluten) because the gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and oats. Then you can eat only corn and rye and ofcourse gluten free stuff which is really hard to find. Drink lemon (1/2 sqeezed)with one glass of water ( 8 ounce)atleast two times a day when you are taking Soda bicarb in water. Good luck! I really got rid of burning mouth but I still have weired taste in the mouth that I think will go away with time. Sugars are eliminated for atleast 6 months for these conditions to go away. I even got rid of Migrains since I got rid of sugars.

I had my gallbladder removed 18 years ago and I was getting bloating and uneasiness in my stomach also for that I have been taking "Lecithin" just once a day with food. (It helps to break your fats and helps in digestion if you need to take it two times a day with your main meals it is ok too)

Good luck every one. It is not easy to leave all sugar, dairy and white bleached flour ( every food we consume has either suger, dairy or white flour) I am satisfied with this remedy but I also have leg cramps ( heavy legs) I am taking Vitamin E and doing some yogas that are helping me a little but not very much. May be it will take sometime before I can say anything since I just started this yoga a week ago.

Replied by Xlevine
East Brunswick, Nj
08/02/2009

I agree with Anjum from Miami regarding baking soda. I use ____baking soda. It's "double action" whatever that is and it tingles somewhat. I take what is less than 1/8 teaspoon and put it directly in my mouth, don't bother to dilute it in water. Several times a day when the problem arises. Then I forget for a few days and the symptoms return. Also noticed that the problem is directly tied to sugar. After eating Italian ices I get a flare up right away. Am I going to give up sweets.... heck no. I discovered baking soda as the remedy because I noticed the problem subsided right after I brushed my teeth with a product that has baking soda (you guess which one). Then I went right to the high octane baking soda. BTW I went to Dr. specializing in this stuff and he didn't diagnosis it properly. He gave me a concoction that sort of worked but in the long run didn't help.
Replied by Minka
Coatesville, Pa
03/16/2012

Abbe, I hope you have found relief since posting, but if not it sounds more likely that you suffer from Candida Albicans. An overgrowth of the candida yeast naturally found in the digestive track.
Replied by Wundurbear
Birmingham, Al, Us
03/20/2012

[YEA]   I eliminated gluten and my burning mouth completely subsided after less than 2 weeks. I am convinced I am gluten intolerant, because of the many digestive issues that have also subsided. I would rather never eat those things again than have that constant burning in my mouth. after 5 years, relief finally!
Replied by Ali
Wales
07/08/2014

I eliminated gluten 6 years ago and rarely, if ever, ingest it now (I get a reaction, so I usually know), yet have developed a burning tongue in the last three to four months.

Removing gluten may help because it removes wheat which turns to glucose in the body. There is evidence that this issue is linked to higher levels of sugar in the bloodstream (and parasites in the body, but that's another subject), so eliminating at least some sugar, or form of, must help.

Mine gets progressively worse throughout the day. I am going to try the baking soda remedy to see if that helps. I have long wondered whether enough bicarbonate is getting through to my intestines....

Replied by Lana
Houston, Tx
02/08/2015

My friend had your issues and was diagnosed with an overgrowth of yeast. Ask your dr to test for that.

Posted by Sharon (Okc, Ok) on 11/21/2007

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I wrote a few months ago about burning mouth syndrome. Recently just been diagnosed wheat gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease. I recommend anyone w/ these symptoms to get it checked out. Symptons are frequent diarrhea, weight loss, migranes, abdominal pain, gas, constipation. Symptons are no differant then everyday complaints that this is HARD to diagnosis. I would recommend cutting wheat out for 2 weeks and see if symptons dissappear. I took a stool test at www.enterolab.com. IT is $99.00 but definatley worth knowing if you have an intolerance... my burning mouth has since dissappated... what happens is your body gets inflamed... and everbody symptons are different. google celiac and read about it. thanks

Replied by Sharon
Okc, OK
12/29/2007

A f/u to my previous message(Sharon from OKC)..still was having burning mouth after eliminating wheat for 3-4 wks, diarreah subsided to twice a day but mouth/underneath tongue and sometimes palate of mouth TENDER....had a live blood cell test done..have leaky gut syndrome and yeast in system...doc says it all goes together along w/gluten intolerance..tested high for mercury, doing oxidation/chealation treatments, done about nine...since my mouth still hurts I cant tell if I feel better or not..if that makes sense..Guess I am going to have to call UNCLE and go see a GI doc which I was trying not to do..Im 41 and have never been sick, so I am just beside myself that I cant nip this in the bud. Will keep you posted as I go as there seems to be no quick fix....lots of prayer..
Replied by Feeny
Tokyo, Japan
06/10/2008

I also suffer from a burning (and sometimes bleeding) tongue. I also get these weird looking circular white sores all over my tongue, both on top and underneath. I get them because I am very allergic to (or intolerant of) citric acid (and probably the proteins in practically all fruits). Perhaps this is a possibility you might explore with your doctors. I would suggest that you do extensive research on the subject on your own, too (via the internet and libraries). Sometimes doctors don't go out of their way to find out what's wrong with people because they are often swamped with many patients and grueling schedules.

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Posted by Kate (Jamaica Plain, Ma) on 03/09/2015

I had Burning Mouth Syndrome about 5 or so years ago and it went away. Now it is back. The other day, around when it returned, I got a headache and sore throat which hurts a lot and I am wondering if BMS can affect the throat or does it just stay in the mouth? It could be the BMS is just making a sore throat worse but I am not sure. Any thoughts?

Replied by Gayle
Tiffin, Oh
03/23/2015

Yes, yes, yes. Burning Mouth Syndrome can be in the throat as well. For me, I get it all over my mouth and at the top of my throat and even lower sometimes. (adam's apple) Mine has just come back again after about a year an a half of probably 90% relief. I have had good luck with alpha lipoic acid. I am not certain as to why the flare up. It is hard to tell if there is an underlying throat infection or just the BMS. Even though I feel a bit feverish, I am leaning toward just the BMS because it is better in the morning and gets worse in the evenings. Good luck with all of this.

Posted by Kat (San Antonio, Tx) on 03/31/2012

I have been suffering with BMS for about a year now and it has taken its toll on me. I am now being treated for GERD and I believe this is all related. I have been given 4 types of prescriptions for the GERD, have seen a dentist, maxiofacial doc, ENT and gastroenterologist, nothing has changed and I cannot seem to get through to these professionals. I am alarmed that they have kept me on the meds for so long without checking my mag levels. I do notice that sugar and bread have an adverse effect on my symptoms and am at the point of only eating proteins/meats and fresh veggies. At the point of taking this into my own hands and doing what is natural. Thanks for the previous feedback. This has helped me and given me hope!

Replied by Dl
Sat, Tx. Usa.
06/03/2012

I too live in Sat. and your post could have been written by me. This tongue and bms has been going on now for about 4mo. I have been to four doctors' and a dentist and they all say it's some kind of allergy symptom. I bought some new tooth paste Dr. Kens in the health food department and it seems to be helping. I was using that new whitening toothpaste, heck doesn't everybody want whiter tooth paste. I am also going to try the baking soda and give up the wheat. This mouth stuff is awful, seems worse in the evening... Let me know any more tips. So glad I found this site!

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Posted by Mrs Smith (Central Va, US) on 10/30/2014

[YEA]  Hey guys, so this is going to be a long story but I thought it might help some of you that have just discovered they have burning mouth syndrome. I just went 4 weeks with it, but it took 3 weeks to get it diagnosed. That's a whole other story that I won't even go into.

Anyway, I'll give you a background about what lead to this. So about 5 months ago I gave up red meat, then about 3 months ago I decided that wasn't so bad so maybe I will try vegan before 6 (aka VB6), then I decided to cut out meat all together, except for large get togethers or on the occasional weekend when I wanted to live it up. So when you go vegan I gave up eggs, dairy, and meat. I loved being vegan, felt great, was taking my b12 supplements, thought everything was fine. That was the case until I burned my tongue one evening eating what I thought was "warm" apple pie. Well I only burned it a little bit, like if you drank something that was too hot. Didn't think anything of it until the next afternoon around 3 pm when the tastebuds on my tongue started swelling up all around my tongue.

So the next couple weeks I went to some crappy doctors that were available at a health clinic and they couldn't figure it out, but gave me some serious pain meds (woohoo! ). They referred me to an oral surgeon who laughed me out of the office because apparently an oral surgeon wouldn't know what to do with this. Then I ended up calling my primary care physician - should have done this in the first place, but unfortunately by the time the pain was initially excruciating it was a Sunday. So he said I had thrush and that the BMS was secondary. He gave me a prescription for Mycelex and sent me on my way but said to call back in a few days if there were still issues.

Well I followed everything to a "T" and my tongue was still going crazy. I started adding things back into my diet - eggs, then yogurt, then white meats. Nothing. In the meantime I had gone in for some blood work, but they only tested me for a b12 deficiency (aka pernicious anemia) and HIV (which they forgot to do at the clinic but luckily I am happily married and was not too concerned about that test). So I vaguely remember mentioning to my doctor during our conversation that I had a slight history of anemia, nothing major just that I wasn't able to donate blood a couple times in my life.

Then a couple days ago I was having a conversation with my husband about how it's like my body is making me eat everything that I had cut out of my diet while I was vegan. Then I remembered that I hadn't eaten any red meat yet. So the next evening we made steak fajitas. The swelling started to go down within an hour, just a little bit, but enough that I could tell there was a difference. So then we went out and got some iron pills and I took one as soon as we got home. The next morning the swelling had gone down a bit more. So then I took another iron pill, had eggs for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch, and a cheeseburger for dinner, needless to say I am almost back to 100% feeling normal.

Now I haven't added any citric acid back in yet, I think I will give it another week just so I don't irritate anything, but I at least wanted to get this posted in case it helps someone rule it out. When I read the boards and heard there is no known cure if it is primary I got completely depressed, the thought of never being able to enjoy a glass of wine again or dinner out with my husband weighed heavily on me. I spent hours trying to figure it out and I hope that by posting this it might just help somebody else. Good luck everyone!!!

Replied by Mmsg
Europe
10/31/2014

Mrs. Smith, I'm really curious: what blood type are you?
Replied by Aimee
Geneva, Ny
01/29/2015

Thanks for posting. I'm going through similar symptoms then I tried to go vegan, stopped all red meats, eggs, dairy and my tongue started tingling and then hurting as if I burned on something hot. Eating something acidic was terrible. I'm going to ask my doctor about this. Thank you! Helps a lot!
Replied by Nicky
Klamath Falls, Oregon
02/02/2015

I will try the iron. I have had Burning Mouth Syndrome for 8 years. Been to every doctor. Still miserable. There are days you just want to die. I completely understand. Depression steps in and you feel worthless. I pray you are doing better. This is a very bad thing. Good luck. Still in pain myself. It comes and goes as it pleases.


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