A burning tongue is a pretty constant sensation, which may lead to desensitizing of taste, or possible variation in it. It affects almost all the muscles and oral organs that surround it. Listed below are few causes of this irritable sensation:
1. Chewing of excessive tobacco
3. Menstrual cycles
4. Dental problems
5. Hormonal or chemical imbalance
6. Nutritional deficiency
Psychological issues such as depression have also been reported to cause this problem.
In the presence of heavy or strong drug treatment, such as in the case of AIDS medication or cancer chemotherapy, this problem can get even more disturbing, since these medicines catalyze the whole process of tongue dryness. Hypertension is another cause, since it leads to hormonal and chemical imbalance which is one of the main reasons for tongue dryness, which eventually leads to burning.
There are many cures or rather treatments of this unwanted pain, the easiest is perhaps chewing orally tested and WHO compliant sugar-free chewing gums. Don’t use a tooth brush on the tongue and avoid flossing too, apply a little backing soda on the finger and rub gently.
Take in a lot of iron, through supplements or through fruits if that is possible, especially if you’re not allergic to bananas. Avoid using very oily and irritable food that may sting your tongue or may cause discomfort. Vitamin B is another desirable therapy, and must be taken along with the iron therapy that is previously suggested. Drink a lot of water too, it will take care of the stinging digestive juices that may be causing the burn, and is a very refreshing alternative to oral ointments, but try not to drink any water 40 minutes before or after a meal too, apart from that, drink in the delicious aqua.
Avoid unnecessary sweets, and just say NO to coffee or tea, these are caffeine rich anti-oxidants that are not only harmful for the tongue but for the body and the heart as a whole. And of course it goes without saying, please stay away from alcohol or cigarettes for a while and even your whole life if you really love yourself and others around you.