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are systemic conditions usually related to geographic tongue? if so, which ones?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Geographic Tongue: The cause is uncertain, though tends to run in families and is more commonly found in people who are affected by environmental sensitivity, such as allergies, eczema, and asthma. Some think that it may be linked to stress or diets high in sugar or processed foods.Geographic tongue is not associated with any known systemic diseases.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
No: No. Geographic tongue is simply a normal anatomic variant.

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Can you be prescribed any systemic medication for geographic tongue?

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Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology 21 years experience
Psoriasis : Geographic tongue alone is a benign condition with no health risk. Systemic treatments all carry some risk and are generally used for cases of psoriasis covering large portions of the body or for psoriatic arthritis. Topical antihistamines, steroids and retinoids can sometimes help. Consult a dermatologist to evaluate your condition and come up with the safest and most effective regimen.

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