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Burning mouth Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Burning mouth. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the burning mouth?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. Do you have dentures?

    Why: Ill-fitting dentures are a common cause of burning mouth.

  3. Dietary history?

    Why: nutritional deficiency states can cause burning mouth and sore tongue e.g. folate, Vitamin B2, B6 and B12 deficiency; Recent ingestion of fish such as tuna, mackerel and skipjack, especially if fish is allowed to spoil may cause a poisoning with symptoms including burning mouth; Food allergies or sensitivities may cause burning mouth.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. cancer and HIV infection can predispose to oral candidiasis.

  5. Medications?

    Why: antibiotics and immunosuppressant medications such as cancer drugs and corticosteroids can increase the risk of oral candidiasis.

  6. Dry mouth?

    Why: can be associated with a burning sensation in the tongue. Salivary secretion tends to fall with age but may also be caused by certain medications, Sjogren's syndrome, dehydration, anemia, vitamin deficiency, diabetes mellitus, HIV infection and radiation therapy.

  7. Symptoms of diabetes e.g. frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue

    Why: burning mouth in diabetic patients can be caused by oral candidiasis.

  8. Symptoms of menopause?

    Why: Hormonal changes occurring during menopause may be associated with burning mouth.

  9. Symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress?

    Why: the cause of most cases of burning mouth is unknown. There is a high prevalence of anxiety, depression and reactions to stress suggesting a psychological basis but a causal link has not been clearly established.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Burning mouth:

The following list of conditions have 'Burning mouth' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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