ZocdocAnswersWhy is my mouth sore and sensitive?

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Why is my mouth sore and sensitive?

i can't tolerate any spices at all. tongue and gums burn

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Thanks for your question. There are many things that can make your tongue and mouth burn, so it is important to speak with your doctor. The first thing to do is make sure that there is not something seriously wrong, such as a cancer. Sometimes, the irritation of nerves from abnormal growths such as cancer can cause this sensation. This may or may not be a likely reason for your symptoms, and for most people it would be a rare cause, but it should be evaluated. Next, there are some skin conditions that can also involve the mucosa inside of the mouth. Some of these, such as oral lichen planus, can be irritating conditions that may require long term treatment and may increase your risk of other conditions. These are also not terribly common, but should be considered. Finally, there are conditions that are not necessarily bad but are harder to treat, such as burning tongue. Burning tongue is a catch all diagnosis for those with the sensations that you seem to be describing but without an obvious diagnosis of something seriously abnormal. The treatment involves some different mouth washes that can sometimes help, and there are a few other therapies, but it can be difficult to treat. Please speak with your doctor.

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