Oral Burning

Published on April 24, 2012 by

Patients with diabetes may complain of continuous burning sensation, usually involving the tip and dorsum of the tongue or the palate, and other underlying mucosal disorders, such as lichen planus and candidiasis, needs to be addressed and treated in these individuals, in order to treat the burning sensation. Oral burning may also be a sign of vitamin B12 and/or zinc deficiencies. The levels of these nutrients should be examined and corrected if they are found to be abnormal. Oral burning in the absence of physical and biochemical changes may represent a diabetes-related oral sensory neuropathy. If physical or biochemical abnormalities cannot be found, the symptoms of burning mouth can be improved using neuropathic analgesic medications such as a tricyclic antidepressant or clonazepam. However, a side effect or these medications is xerostomia, which may compound any existing alterations in saliva and increase the risk of candidiasis (a fungal infection) and dental caries.

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