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How to Treat Burning Tongue Syndrome

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9. Cayenne Pepper

cayenne pepper

As cayenne pepper stimulates salivary glands, it can help treat symptoms associated with burning mouth. The compound capsaicin in it can also temporarily desensitize the nerves that cause the burning sensation.

A 2004 study published in the Journal of Oral Pathology and Medicine reports that use of systemic capsaicin is effective for short-term treatment of burning mouth syndrome.


However, due to major gastrointestinal side effects, it is not recommended for long-term use.

More recently, a 2012 study published in the Spanish journal Medicina Oral Patologia Oral y Cirugia Bucal stated that an oral capsaicin rinse can be used for controlling neuropathic pain.

  • Mix ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of warm water. Use it to rinse your mouth a couple of times daily.
  • You can opt to use capsaicin capsules, but only after consulting your doctor.

Note: These cayenne pepper rinse or oral capsaicin may initially cause an intense burning sensation in some people.

10. Glycerin



Glycerin can also reduce the burning sensation and soothe the affected area. It reduces dryness in the mouth, one of the reasons for burning tongue syndrome. It even keeps the tongue well-moistened, which is essential for quick healing.

For oral use, it is highly recommended to use vegetable glycerin.

  • Dab your tongue with vegetable glycerin. Allow it to sit for as long as you can, then rinse your mouth with cool water. Repeat several times a day.
  • You can even use a glycerin-based mouthwash to rinse your mouth a couple of times daily.

Additional Tips

  • Take all necessary steps to maintain good oral hygiene.
  • Do oil pulling, an age-old Ayurvedic practice, daily for overall oral health.
  • Use white toothpaste or any flavor-free toothpaste to brush your teeth.
  • Avoid acidic foods and liquids like tomatoes, orange juice, carbonated beverages and coffee.
  • Avoid alcohol and products with alcohol, as they may irritate the lining of your mouth.
  • Do not use any kind of tobacco products.
  • Avoid hot and spicy foods.
  • Avoid processed and packaged foods, as the preservatives in them can worsen the problem.
  • Before eating anything, always test the temperature of hot liquids and food.
  • Take steps to reduce stress, as stress can worsen your condition.
  • Consider using a tongue protector after consulting your doctor.
  • If you notice no significant improvement in your condition, you must talk to your doctor immediately.


How to Treat Burning Tongue Syndrome was last modified: April 9th, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies
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9 thoughts on “How to Treat Burning Tongue Syndrome”

  1. I hope some of these work. I have been suffering from BTS for 6 months and I’ve seen 2 doctors that have no idea what to do. It is so frustrating to have this pain all day every day. Thank you for putting this article together.

  2. i have been suffering for 2 years and doctors and dentists have no clue what it is even tho millions of people suffer from it

    1. I suffered for months with BTS and finally it dawned on me that I had had the horrible sensation since I had changed my lipstick…….. bizarrely as soon as I changed back to my old one it disappeared completely!

  3. I am suffering for 3 years and have been to so many doctors some says it is geographic tongue but the tip of my tongue burns Day and night, having this pain is like living in hell,I have tried everything from home remedies to clonazepan nothing work. I would try anything for this pain to go.

  4. I’ve had the condition 2 years seen 17 doctors still no further forward tried all the medications nothings worked any advice plz

  5. I am suffering from this kind of mouth disease which makes me hopeless in life but i reguest here on this website to help me find a way to cure this sickness Im in it now, I have been suffering for 3 to 4 years and i want to see the outside of my home Im locked from this kind of mouth disease

  6. I have Burning Mouth for two years and have tried holistic to 7 Dr & dentists. I am at wits end.
    My quality of life has me so depressed I don’t leave home ( only to go to dr’s in hope of a new solution)
    I feel for anybody with this horrible pain that mentally, physically and emotionally takes over your life. I pray and beg everyday for my life back. I’m in such a bad place.

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