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What is the tingling sensation in the mouth?

Updated March 23, 2017

Tingling sensations may also be referred to as paresthesia. According to Wrong Diagnosis, tingling sensations are often related to nerve damage. Paresthesis should always be reported to and evaluated by a doctor.

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Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a condition characterised by progressive nerve damage. Individuals with multiple sclerosis may experience tingling sensations throughout their body.


Polycythemia is a condition that occurs when there are too many red blood cells present in the blood. This condition may cause mouth tingling.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer may cause mouth sensations such as tingling. Other symptoms such as mouth sores, lumps and mouth bleeding will usually be present as well.

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is a condition that occurs when the body is overly sensitive to gluten. Tingling sensations may be felt in the mouth when eating food items containing gluten.

Mineral and Vitamin Deficiencies

Deficiencies in iron, thiamine and vitamin B may cause mouth tingling.

Food Allergies and Poisonings

Mouth tingling may occur as a reaction to a food allergen or toxic substance. Common food allergies include nuts, shellfish, wheat and food additives.

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About the Author

Based in Laurel, Miss., Melody Morgan Hughes covers topics related to education, money and health. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English education from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Education from William Carey University and a Master of Education from Nova Southeastern University.

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