How can you treat puffy taste buds

Burning tongue - clinical picture

Despite the name of the disorder, most patients feel a burning sensation not only on the tongue, but also on the mucous membranes of the oral cavity, and occasionally on the lips. In addition to a burning sensation, other irritations such as itching, stabbing pain or wound sensations often occur. The abnormal sensations are particularly pronounced at the tip of the tongue and at the edges of the tongue. In many patients, the symptoms increase in intensity during the day; they can hardly be felt in the morning, while they become very uncomfortable in the evening. In addition, the mouth is usually very dry (xerostomia) because less saliva is produced. Many patients complain of a furry feeling and disorders of taste perception. An unpleasant side effect is often increased bad breath (halitosis).

The few outward signs of the disorder include inflammation of individual taste papillae on the tongue. The inflamed papillae can be recognized and palpated as small white knobs. These local inflammations are annoying, but are not the triggering sources of the burning sensation in the tongue. If the burning sensation in the tongue is caused by an allergy, bright red swellings often appear on the tongue or the neighboring mucous membranes.