How to Treat Burning Mouth Syndrome
Have you found yourself feeling as though your mouth is on fire lately, even when you’ve been nowhere near chillies or a hot curry? Burning mouth syndrome is often a symptom of post-menopause, with signs including a dry, itchy or sore mouth.
This is one of the more unusual menopause symptoms, as not everyone is aware it can affect oral health, with symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings much more likely to be talked about.
Yet burning mouth syndrome can be a common symptom, leaving women in significant discomfort, affecting their wellbeing and overall confidence. However, there are ways to treat this symptom, so you can navigate your way through menopause more comfortably.
What is Burning Mouth Syndrome?
This menopause symptom is usually characterised by a dry, itchy or sore mouth, persistent tingling or numbness of the tongue, and a bitter or metallic taste in the mouth. Some people experience increasing levels of dryness in their mouths as they get older, but the other symptoms can be more uncomfortable and harder to understand.
Burning mouth syndrome tends to affect so many women in menopause or post-menopause because of a change in their hormonal balance. Declining oestrogen levels can lead to a shift in the composition of your saliva, which can cause discomfort in your mouth, as well as tingling, dryness or itchiness.
This uncomfortable condition can also be caused by a vitamin B12 deficiency, so you may want to try adding more meat, salmon, dairy, eggs and fortified cereals to your diet.
In some women, a burning sensation in the mouth can be due to severe indigestion, which is something else that can be linked with menopause, so it’s important to find a solution that allows you to treat multiple symptoms of menopause at once.
A blood test carried out by your doctor could determine the cause of your burning mouth syndrome and allow you to rule out factors other than menopause.
If it is a vitamin deficiency or hormonal imbalance that’s behind your burning mouth syndrome, it can be treated - either through your diet, or by finding a way to rebalance your hormones.
How to Manage Burning Mouth Syndrome in Menopause
Drinking cold water may provide temporary relief from burning mouth syndrome, but the uncomfortable symptoms may still be there once the effects of your drink have worn off.
In menopause, burning mouth syndrome is primarily caused by a change in your hormonal balance, so it’s most important to find a way to rebalance your body’s oestrogen levels, and there are natural menopause treatments that can help you to do this.
For example, Femarelle® supplements contain a natural oestrogen substitute known as DT56a, which is a substance derived from soy. It can mimic the effects of oestrogen in the body, helping with managing multiple menopause symptoms as a result.
This could include menopause-related indigestion and hot flushes that leave you with a burning sensation not just in your mouth but all over your body, for example.
There are three types of Femarelle® supplements, depending on which stage of menopause you’re going through; each contains different vitamins to help you make sure you’re getting everything your body needs to continue feeling healthy, strong and comfortable despite changes to your hormonal balance.
Burning mouth syndrome tends to be most common in post-menopause. Shop Femarelle® Unstoppable supplements for this stage in your life here.