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Scalded Mouth Syndrome

Scalded Mouth Syndrome Causes

The condition may be caused by various reasons such as menopause, psychological problems, nutritional deficiencies, and mouth disorders such as oral thrush and dry mouth. Some studies suggest that dysfunctional or damaged nerves may also be one of the causes.

Scalded Mouth Syndrome Definition

Scalded mouth syndrome is a condition in which the tongue, lips, or most areas of the mouth feels a burning pain without obvious reasons. It is sometimes referred to as burning mouth syndrome, stomatodynia, burning tongue syndrome, burning lips syndrome, and glossodynia.

Scalded Mouth Syndrome Diagnosis

The doctor reviews the patient's medical history, examine the mouth and ask the patient to describe the symptoms as well as his or her oral habits and oral care routine. The patient undergoes a general medical examination to check for signs of any associated conditions. The patient may also undergo some tests such as complete blood count and other blood tests, allergy tests, and oral swab culture or biopsy. He or she may be referred to specialists for further screening, diagnosis, and possibly treatment.

Scalded Mouth Syndrome Symptoms and Signs

Affected individuals feel a burning sensation involving in the tongue, lips, gums, palate, throat, or most areas of the mouth. They may also feel like they are having a dry mouth, sore mouth, a bitter or metallic taste, or a tingling sensation in the mouth or on the tip of the tongue.

Scalded Mouth Syndrome Treatment

The condition is treated based on the symptoms and underlying cause.

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