BMS: Burning Mouth Syndrome
May 23, 2007 by Christine Cadena
An Overview of BMS & How to Treat It
In the United States, there have been an increasingly greater number of individuals suffering from neurological complications stemming from viral infections. For many, finding ways in which to treat the symptoms is often more important than
curing the viral infection which, in most cases, lies dormant and latent within the body for many years.
Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is believed to be a neurological condition in which the sufferer experiences a spectrum of burning sensations across the mouth, including the tongue and lips. For many patients the pain is consistent and progressive throughout the day but, for some, the pain may come and go.
In medical research, it is believed the Burning mouth syndrome may be related to hormones or medication reactions. However, in more recent research, we are finding the neurological condition may be attributed, and secondary, to a viral infection, similar that the herpes virus strain that attributes to Bell's palsy.
Because Burning mouth syndrome is believed to be related to a viral infection, some healthcare professionals are now turning to the therapeutic treatments commonly used to treat Bell's Palsy symptoms and herpes outbreaks; steroids and anti-viral such as acyclovir.
For many patients who suffer from Burning mouth syndrome, the complications reach far and wide and may last for weeks, months or years. Again, similar to the complications seen in Bell's Palsy patients, those suffering from Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) are encouraged to avoid those adverse lifestyle activities that may further complicate the neurological system; stress, fatigue, smoking, consumption of alcohol, caffeine and chocolate should be avoided.
To ensure the pain associated with Burning mouth syndrome is that of a viral origin, BMS sufferers should seek out medical attention early; as soon as the burning sensation persists. The healthcare professional, which may include a team of physicians and dentists, may find it necessary to rule out other health complications such as a yeast infection or chronic dry mouth, as the culprit in creating Burning mouth syndrome.
As with any health issue, especially those involving oral cavity issues or issues of a neurological basis, the key to optimal health outcomes lies in the early diagnosis, intervention and treatment. When suffering from significant pain of the mouth, lips and tongue, consult a healthcare
professional regarding the possibility of a direct link to a viral infection, such as that found in Bell's Palsy. While the condition may not be easily remedied, you can, at least, rule out other complicating factors which may require more extensive oral health treatment.
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