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Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is characterized by the presence of burning, numbness or pain affecting the lips, tongue, palate, tissue lining the mouth, without any other lesions that would cause these symptoms. The pain can last for months, and may be accompanied by oral dryness, hypersensitivity to some food compounds and taste disorders. Potential causes include diabetes mellitus; deficiency of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12; folic acid and iron deficiency; hormonal imbalance; gastrointestinal diseases; psychiatric and neurological disorders; and drug-induced side effects. The hypothesis concerning the role of hormonal changes in the development of BMS seems to be confirmed by a high incidence of this condition in perimenopausal women. Women with higher progesterone levels are less likely to have BMS. Our pharmacy can compound many preparations to help relieve the symptoms of burning mouth syndrome. Ask our pharmacist for more information.



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