A burning tongue is a continuously burning sensation in every corner of the tongue. For this situation, there are two medical terms, glossodynia and glossopyrosis. Generally, there are no visible signs. If the burning is also present on lips, inner cheeks, soft and hard palate of the mouth, gums etc then it is termed as a burning mouth syndrome. The patient having burning tongue may or may not have decreased or altered taste.

Burning tongue can be caused by a problem with the nerves supplying to the tongue or by a decreased amount of blood to the tongue. Luckily, most of the patients with the burning tongue will not experience any changes in taste.

Causes of a burning tongue

  • Hormonal deficiency and/or abnormality
  • Diabetes 
  • Menopause
  • Oral candida such as oral yeast
  • Dry mouth such as xerostomia 
  • Some medications like diuretics, oral diabetic meds, some blood pressure meds
  • Blood abnormalities such as dyscrasias and anemia
  • Nutritional deficiencies (especially vitamin B-12, niacin, iron, or folic acid)
  • Gastric acid reflux
  • Allergies such as foods, toothpastes, mouthwashes, chewing gums
  • Geographic tongue
  • Dental disease
  • Noxious oral habits such as tongue biting, scalloped tongue
  • Psychological causes such as depression
  • Chronic infections 
  • Inflammatory disorders
  • Lingual nerve damage
  • Tobacco use
  • Oral cancer.

Home remedies for Burning Tongue

One of the best home remedies for burning tongue is to chew a sugar free gum.

For the nonce, start to use the baking soda for brushing the teeth and avoid brushing using toothpaste. This is one of the best burning tongue treatment.

The most important thing is giving up spicy and hot food till you are fully burning tongue cure. These foods irritate the tongue and also burn the tongue more making the case worse.

Diet for Burning Tongue - One should try to include iron rich food in routine diet.

One should regularly consume enough vitamin B complex. This can be taken in the form of pills/capsules or in the form of vegetables and fruits, which are rich source of the vitamin. This is also a burning tongue remedy.

One of the good home remedy for burning tongue is gargling with decoction prepared from the Ayurvedic herbs called ‘Triphala’. This is said to be cooling for tongue.

The best home remedies for burning tongue is taking the decoction made up with Babool (an Ayurvedic herb) which will not only make you feel relieve from the symptoms of burning but it has also properties of reducing the inflammation.

Old time home remedy for burning tongue is putting an ice-cube in the mouth. This will give temporary relief from burning sensation.

One should keep the body hydrated. For this, taking plenty of water or healthy drinks all the time will be better idea. Mind it that dry tongue burns more. This is one of the natural remedy for burning tongue.

Some of the naturopaths suggest that to put glycerin on the tongue might help in many cases. This is one of the effective burning tongue treatment.

Ayurvedic experts suggest therapies called ‘Kavala’ and ‘Gandusha’ that will help reducing an inflammation in the mouth especially inflamed and burning tongue. This is one of the natural remedy for burning tongue.

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A little while ago, my daughter began to complain of nausea (shortly after beginning to eat). I suspected it was her acid reflux, so I gave her medication to her, but than she began to complain that her tongue was burning. Within a very short amount of time...the burning became so severe that she began to cry! After she tried sucking/chewing on ice and it didn't work, we looked online for a home remedy (late Sunday night...didn't have much choice!). After trying several suggestions...I 'improvised' by dipping a Q-tip into milk,than dipping it into baking soda. I than had her apply that to the part of her tongue that was burning. For the first time since her tongue started to burn, she started to feel some relief and shortly after....fell asleep! I don't know if this will work for others, but it sure helped her! I never realized that the acid could back up all the way to her tongue! What a way to learn our lesson! Never again will she go even a day without her medication,even when she is feeling 'fine',because as we found out the hard way...it can rear its ugly head anytime!
#1 - Dianne - 03/16/2009 - 02:22
There is a wonderful product out there that is natural. Called RalaPure, it is an R-Alpha Lipoic Acid. Wonderful stuff!
#2 - Jasmin - 08/04/2010 - 16:20
heres what i do.. put really hot water into a cup then add 2 tablespoon of salt and mix it up real good.. make sure its dissolved, then swish it around in your mouth.. should do the trick.
#3 - Lily - 10/16/2010 - 23:02
I have had burning tongue for months and doctors just do not take seriously - told to take fresh pineapple and orange juice which seems to have made it a whole lot worse! Going to try the salt and get some Lipoic Acid! Many thanks for your comments
#4 - Jugoosen - 12/12/2010 - 15:17
suck on a tea bag. especially chamomile tea.
#5 - Konda - 09/07/2011 - 23:13
my mother aged around 48, has been suffering from burning tongue from last few years ,she is also having pain in her stomack mainly at night,she has undergone two operations for slip disc and spondylitis few years back, she tried all the remedies but so far no progress . so far no doctors has detected the problem,hoping a positive response from your side thanking you
#6 - ayush - 11/03/2011 - 11:09
try..plain soda (airated soda from cold drink shop) ,do not drink...keep it in your mouth for a while..u will feel little burning sensation ,but, then u will feel happy......u can repeat it as required ...and yes,avoid oily/spicy food till u feel ok..,B complex injection as per dr's advice can work well...
#7 - ketan - 02/27/2012 - 06:47
1/4 teaspoon vinegar in about 12 oz. water use like a mouthwash. Swish around in your mouth 2-3 times per day. I developed severe geographic tongue after having a root c[@] procedure. I think it was due to the antibiotic solution used during the procedure. However, not the first time I have experienced geographic tongue, but the vinegar solution has always worked for me.
#8 - Linda - 02/06/2014 - 12:50
I tried Tonic Water and it works. Swish some around mouth and tongue. I guess it's the quinine that works if you are not "allergic". Seems to help with dry mouth too.
#9 - Andy - 12/28/2015 - 11:57
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