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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Ritz
45 years experience in Dentistry
Anatomy: It is an anatomic variation in the surface pattern and texture of the tongue. It is considere benign and is not treated.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Avoid tobacco,hot sp: First of all avoid spicy hot food, tobacco, smoking, toothpaste with additives or heavy flaovoring.For pain use over the counter pain relievers, mouth ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Beck
10 years experience in Dentistry
Can't: There is no cure for geographic tongue. Most cases of geographic tongue (aka erythema migrans, and benign migratory glossitis) do not have any symptom ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Unknown: Geographic tongue is a benign condition where parts of the tongue swell and other parts become smooth, leading to a MAP like appearance. The cause is ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
None necessary: Geographic tongue is a benign condition and needs no treatment. On rare occasions, one may experience some pain with very hot or spicy foods and in t ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
Some times Yes: Geographic is the result of loss of hair like papilla on the tongue , may look scary but harmless most of the time cause is unknown , or if it is du ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience in Internal Medicine
Not necessarily: Geographic tongue is when the tongue appears like a MAP with darker and lighter area, areas where the papillae or crypts (mountain and valleys) vary. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Unknown: Geographic tongue is a benign condition where parts of the tongue swell and other parts become smooth, leading to a MAP like appearance. The cause is ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience in Internal Medicine
Tongue looks mappish: Geographic tongue is one which has smooth red patches, whose forms can change regularly and appears as a map; the smooth areas lack the usual papilla ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience in Dentistry
Comes and goes: Geographic tongue will change its appearance over time and may disappear. This is a harmless condition and no treatment is needed. Don't worry about ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denny Cho
Dr. Denny Cho answered
17 years experience in Dentistry
Stress: Reduce stress to prevent cankers.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas V. Dembski
40 years experience in Dentistry
No: While both situations involve the tongue, they do not appear to be related. Fissured tongue is an anatomic variant. Geographic tongue involves desqu ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Mann
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Geographic tongue: Yes - the patches on the tongue are irregular and look like a map. The lesions will occur in different areas (migratory).
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Try several things: No cure, but many things in use. Antihistamines, tylenol, (acetaminophen) rinsing with topical anesthetics, anxiolytics. This is generally a benign ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
No: The two clinical pictures may be confused with one another.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Mairani
35 years experience in General Practice
Normal: It's also called migratory glossitis. It has a slight female predilection. There are two types of structures on the tongue. Filliform and fungiform pa ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Blake Perkins
20 years experience in Dentistry
Probably not: Unless the tea is so hot it burns your tongue and damages the papillae, it is unlikely. We are not 100% sure why people get geographic tongue, but it ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Steroid can help: Steroid paste can bring down some of the swelling in geographic tongue. No treatment is needed though since this is a benign condition.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Wolter
29 years experience in Dentistry
Fungus?: It's impossible to make a diagnosis based just on one sign. However, the majority of common white lesions of the tongue are fungal. It's usually "cand ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
Fissured Tongue: A fissured tongue is a benign condition characterized by deep grooves or fissures in the dorsum (top) part of the tongue. Although these grooves may ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Solhjem
20 years experience in Radiation Oncology
No.: Geographic tongue is usually a permanent unique anatomical pattern. It is nothing to worry about.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ron E. Bell
44 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
Yes: That is why it is referred to a geographic tongue it takes on a different ' geographic ' appearance routinely as the papillae of the tongue change.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
36 years experience in Dermatology
Unrelated : Geographic tongue is a jagged loss of taste buds and not viral nor contagious. Maybe oral psoriasis. Heroes is a common contagious viral infection.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam answered
35 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Taste buds: Small bumps on tongue diffusely are normal taste buds. See ENT if you are very bothered by this!
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Emily Altman
27 years experience in Dermatology
Geographic tongue: Lesions of geographic tongue fluctuate, getting better or worse, disappearing, moving locations. It is considered essentially to be psoriasis of the ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience in Rheumatology
See below: Reiter's and psoriatic arthritis can have oral lesions that can mimic geographic tongue. If you have either of those underlying conditions, Methotrex ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Steroid can help: Steroid paste can bring down some of the swelling in geographic tongue. No treatment is needed though since this is a benign condition.
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A member asked:
Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience in Dentistry
No worries: The condition is usually chronic & often occurs after eating hot/spicy foods, or during times of stress, illness, or hormonal surges (ie. In women jus ... Read More

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