One of the symptoms I hear about from clients is burning tongue. They describe it as a burning or scalding sensation that affects their tongue, but it can also affect your lips, gums, palate, throat or whole mouth.
For some it feels as if their mouth is dry and give them more thirst. And some people complain of a bitter or metallic taste.
A burning tongue is not only uncomfortable; it is something you need to look into further.
As always: symptoms have underlying causes!
Some of the underlying problems I often see in my practice with burning tongue:
- A fungal infection of the mouth (oral thrush) – I see this with candida a lot.
- An autoimmune condition called oral lichen planus
- Other nutritional deficiencies, such as zinc and B vitamins.
- Allergies or reactions to foods, food flavorings or additives or to your toothpaste (I had this!)
- Reflux of stomach acid that comes into your mouth
- Certain medications, particularly high blood pressure medications
- Psychological factors, such as anxiety, depression or stress
What are some things you can you do for burning tongue?
- Get checked at your GP for anemia – especially if you’re also fatigued
- Take a good quality B complex
- Try taking zinc for 2-3 weeks and see if that makes a difference.
- Address candida and support your microbiome
- Focus on stress management.