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A 27-year-old female asked:

Typically is geographic tongue constant for the rest of your life?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Pathology 20 years experience
Geographic Tongue: Your doctor may recommend medications to manage discomfort or sensitivity: over-the-counter pain relievers, mouth rinses with an anesthetic, antihistamine mouth rinses, corticosteroid ointments or rinses. Since the condition typically resolves on its own and has an unpredictable course, you may not be able to tell if the symptomatic treatments are actually working.
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Pathology 20 years experience
Provided original answer
The condition typically resolves on its own and has an unpredictable course
Oct 29, 2013
Dr. Gena Kluwe
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Normal variant: Geographic tongue is a normal variant. It is there for life. Not a "problem". I wouldn't spend any time worrying about it.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endodontics 45 years experience
Yes: However it can come and go. It is usually worse in children and young adults. Periods of remission can be long later in life but it can reappear at any time.

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A 27-year-old female asked:

My geographic tongue has been constant for just over a year, will it constantly be there for the rest of my life?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Comes and goes: Geographic tongue is a harmless benign condition that comes and goes over time. You will have occurrences of this throughout your life. Don't worry about it.
A member asked:

If you have geographic tongue, will it constantly be there for the rest of your life or will it come and go?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Come and go, but...: Tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease.Other causes of tongue that looks patchy include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals).
A 27-year-old female asked:

I have developed geographic tongue, its constant. Will it persist like this and be constant for the rest of my life?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Van Stralen
38 years experience
Yes: It is not a disease. Geographic tongue is a condition. Usually it comes and goes.
A member asked:

If you have geographic tongue, is it usually always there for the rest of your life?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 26 years experience
Yes: No cure, but also not harmful. Just looks bad sometimes.
Dr. Lynnette Mesina
undefined 27 years experience
yes. The red patches move around to varying degrees. Symptoms range from no symptoms at all to a burning sensation.
Jan 17, 2013
A member asked:

Does geographic tongue usually persist for the rest of your life?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
No it does not: It is a self limiting condition and will go away on its own most of the times and you can not predict.
Last updated Apr 15, 2014
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