In recent weeks, our team came across a medical condition that is uncommon but nonetheless detrimental to those who suffer from it. Burning Mouth Syndrome, or BMS, is a term for chronic burning sensation in the mouth, lips, or surrounding area. The sensation is often compared to scalding of the mouth, which is a very severe and overwhelming feeling. Everyone’s experience with the condition is different, and the burning can be anywhere from constant to less frequent.
Although burning mouth syndrome has not been linked to any specific medical condition, associations with a wide variety of concurrent health conditions and chronic pain conditions, including headaches and pain in other locations, have been documented. When there is no cause that indicates why a patient has BMS, that patient is considered to have primary BMS. Secondary BMS can be caused by various underlying conditions such as dry mouth, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, stomach refluxes, oral habits, psychological factors, endocrine disorders, or certain medications. In many cases, the burning starts suddenly and doesn’t seem to have any specific causes.
People who suffer with BMS undergo a lot of pain and the side effects that go along with it. They could have difficulty sleeping, eating, talking, and could develop anxiety and depression. As there’s no known cure for primary burning mouth syndrome and no one sure way to treat it, patients often turn to treatment of your particular symptoms and is aimed at controlling them. Some common remedies are using Lubricity for dry mouth, oral rinses, pain relievers, certain antidepressants, nerve medications, and behavioral therapy. BMS patients needs to try many combinations of these in order to find something that works for them.
It’s clear to see that this condition is not easy to live with. That’s why we were happy to find support groups that we could communicate with, ask questions, and find out how we can help. If you or someone you know is currently suffering from this condition, be sure to have them try Lubricity to hopefully bring a sense of comfort back into their lives. We hope that we can be that light at the end of the tunnel for all our followers with BMS.