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For Family & Friends

If someone you love has been diagnosed with Burning Mouth Syndrome, they need your support more than ever. 

Here are ways you can offer it:

  1. Learn about Burning Mouth Syndrome so that your loved one has someone to talk to that they do not have to educate.

  2. Understand that although your loved one may look perfectly fine on the outside, the symptoms that he or she may complain about are real and not imaginary.

  3. Be supportive of your loved one's coping strategies and understand that he or she may need to withdraw from time to time. BMS can be aggravated by talking and stress. Give them space and they will come back to you.

  4. Keep in mind your loved one may be fatigued. Burning Mouth Syndrome is rare and bewildering, and in addition to managing symptoms, he or she may feel anxious, overwhelmed, and misunderstood. Listen and do not try to fix your loved one.

  5. Show your support by creating awareness on social media, and encouraging the public to become more aware. 

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