If you think you have burned your tongue but it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, you may be suffering from burning mouth syndrome (BMS). Generally speaking, a burned tongue will recover in two weeks or less. However, if the symptoms continue for longer than that, it may be a good idea to check with an ear, nose and throat specialist to see if you are suffering from BMS.
What is burning mouth syndrome?
Burning mouth syndrome1 is described as a “burning, scalding, or tingling feeling in the mouth that may occur every day for months or longer.” It may also be accompanied by dry mouth. BMS occurs most commonly after the age of 60 and women are five times more apt to suffer from it than men. Other symptoms of the syndrome can include:
- Numbness in the mouth that comes and goes
- Pain in the tongue
- Pain on the roof of the mouth, or throughout the mouth
- Pain in the lips
- A lingering metallic taste in the mouth
- Altered sense of taste
The amount of pain caused by BMS and its frequency differs for each person. For some, the pain comes and goes while, for others, it is more constant and increases in intensity throughout the day. The pain can last for months or years.