Patient Comments: Burning Mouth Syndrome - Helpful Tips

Question:Please share self-care tips for dealing with burning mouth syndrome.

Comment from: Dakotagramma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I started having severe scalding mouth pain a year ago, and at the same time I also got a diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia. I also have multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia. For the burning mouth pain (and that it is!), I found OraCoat (brand) XyliMelts. They also make a spray but I haven't tried it. The box has 40 discs. Instructions are to put a disc on the outside of a molar but I put mine on the roof of my mouth (one side has a gum adhesive so it sticks well). The xylitol ingredient helps to numb the pain to help make it more bearable. I found these at a drug store but have found them a little cheaper on Amazon, around USD 9.25 per box of 40. I already take gabapentin and clonazepam. Hope you all find some relief.

Comment from: GayleS, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I have had burning mouth syndrome (BMS) for over 3 1/2 years. Doctors tried to say it was caused by acid reflux. I don't think so though. I tried alpha lipoic acid (ALA). I took 200 mg, 3 times a day for 8 weeks. Then I moved to 200 mg once day. It took about a week to start working. I noticed a pattern that it would flare up just before my cycle. Now my cycles are infrequent and so are the flare ups. I'm hoping that once I am menopausal it will stop all together. For now the ALA works!

Comment from: Kathy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I have also had burning mouth syndrome. I found that if I rinsed my mouth with warm water and hydrogen peroxide at least twice a day, after 3 days it just about cleared up.

Comment from: Dee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

What helps me when my burning mouth syndrome gets bad, is to mix a 50/50 mixture of liquid children's Benadryl and milk of magnesia. Swish the mouth for as long as you can, and then spit out.

Comment from: Sara, Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I am confused about the difference between burning mouth syndrome (BMS) and oral fungal infections. The symptoms are the same. And I have found that rinsing frequently with hydrogen peroxide (just a little bit and do no swallow it), works to relieve the symptoms. I just fill a little into a clean glass or plastic cup; don't dilute the peroxide. Rinse a few seconds. Might burn slightly but the benefits from the relief of using it are really good. The burning only lasts a few seconds. Good Luck with your BMS symptoms and let's hope for a cure soon.

Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I have had burning mouth syndrome (BMS) for 10 years (I'm 64). I am quite convinced, that it has to do with the anxiety attacks I had while younger. I somehow make a low pressure in my mouth, when I am worried. If I reduce the low pressure by keeping my mouth a bit open so that the tongue does not get in contact with the rest of the mouth or teeth and keep it that way for a while, the symptoms reduce significantly and sometime disappear.

Comment from: cwhita, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

Check with an ear, nose and throat doctor. I had this for over a year and no other doctor could tell me what was wrong. It was a simple case of glossitis. Topical rinse cures it.

Comment from: terryttb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I found wearing a mouth guard all the time helps with burning mouth syndrome.

Comment from: Tuscolajan, (Patient) Published: July 05

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is the most frustrating syndrome. You are pretty much on your own to figure out a remedy. I have had two painful bouts, and finally cured myself. I brush teeth with Colgate Advanced Total toothpaste. Then swish for one minute with Act mouthwash for dry mouth. After a week BMS was subsiding, and then gone. I do this every day, and been lucky, it has not returned.

Comment from: Caz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I have suffered from debilitating sensations in my mouth for 6 years - on my tongue, sides of my mouth, throat, roof of my mouth and lips. At times the sensations consume me and I cannot concentrate when speaking. The sensations are painful, intrusive and constant every day. Most days feel like I have a mouth full of tiny razor blades and lumps around my mouth. I eat chewing gum on and off all day, drink water all day and find yogurt helps the burning mouth syndrome. I take daily medication to manage severe migraines. I am healthy, fit and lead an enjoyable lifestyle but my sensation in my mouth is very difficult to live with.

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