Q. What could be the reason for burning sensation of tongue in a HIV patient?

Answered by
Dr. Vivek H Nanda
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Oct 28, 2019

Hello doctor,

I would like to know what happens biologically in the body, causing a burning sensation in the tongue when a person has HIV.

Dr. Vivek H Nanda

Family Physician General Practitioner
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

As you very well knew, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) virus lives in a body for a very long time. It causes significant damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems. The virus affects our nervous system and causes dysfunction of nerves and muscle cells.

The burning sensation is a symptom of peripheral nervous system dysfunction or disorder, and it is caused as the nerves that lead to and from the spinal cord and connect with all the various parts of the body are affected by HIV. The nerve root gets exposed, and the person feels burning sensation or numbness, starting with hands, feet, and tongue.

I hope this helps.


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