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By the way, doctor: What is burning mouth syndrome?

Updated: May 01, 2008

Q. My husband was diagnosed with burning mouth syndrome. This seems to be a mystery syndrome. What can you tell us about it?

A. As the name suggests, people with burning mouth syndrome feel a persistent burning sensation in or around the mouth. The patients that I see with this problem tend to be women over age 50, but men get the syndrome too.

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