Heat and Burning Mouth Syndrome

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Here’s something that has crept up on me gradually over the years and was greatly masked by the air-conditioned environment I live in. My home is Texas, ya’ll, and so hot summers are the price we pay for moderate winters. It’s expected, and to be frank, if everything wasn’t air-conditioned, I think only the hardiest individuals (along with snakes, scorpions, bugs of many sizes, and lizards) would hang out here much.

Heat and heat indexes (the temperature it really feels like) are what have inched up over the years. Texas fakes you out with the occasional string of 100 degree plus days each summer, and until some source shows you the overall trend over decades, you don’t really get that it is just flat getting hotter! I never enjoyed that aspect of Texas summers (I am a Washington State girl when it comes to temperatures!) but since Burning Mouth Syndrome has become a part of my existence, it is even worse. Going outside for a walk right now is like entering a dryer and breathing oven air for me. The hot wind flares my BMS pain more than anything else I can think of and the flare continues long past when I have retreated into air-conditioning.

Hydration and medicine help, and sometimes I even resort to xylitol discs to moisten my mouth, but often it seems like nothing pushes back that flare until it is ready to retreat. Meanwhile, I throw iced water down like a marathon runner and hope it will end soon.

Does this happen to you? Let me know in the comments!

The BMS-Support website has several articles that deal with ongoing research into the salivary system in Burning Mouth Syndrome sufferers, and although I applaud that scientists and researchers are looking at it, a diagnostic method and treatment option can’t come fast enough.

We are burning up.

2 thoughts on “Heat and Burning Mouth Syndrome

  1. I live in Minnesota and the burning mouth is just as hot as it is in Texas. I have had this for about 13 years. I have seen numerous specialists, tried every medication thought to alleviate this pain along with having dental procedures including replacing all amalgam fillings ,etc.. I have tried acupuncture, laser, MVD surgery, diet changes, CBT, biofeedback, the list goes on. And still my mouth is on fire!

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    • So sorry to hear it, Lois! I think that the frustration you feel is something we can all relate to. I am so grateful to have at least one med that takes the edge off, but I know many have not had that experience.
      Onward through the fire!
      Kali

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