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For the last 6 months I have been experiencing what feels like thickening or swelling of the inner cheeks. Also, my tongue feels thick or swollen and the taste buds are irretated like I burned them. The tip and sides of the tongue are red. There are no sores visible. I had a ear, nose, and throat specailist look at it and he found nothing. I also had blood drawn and nothing showed up. The systoms flare up for a while then subside. What would casue this?


Thank you for visiting NetWellness. From your description, it sounds like you may have a condition called 'Burning Mouth Syndrome'. For more information please refer to the NetWellness article on Burning Mouth Syndrome. If an oral and maxillofacial pathologist is available, he/she would be good choice for an evaluation and any additional recommendations regarding management.

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John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University