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A 26-year-old female asked:

Do episodes of geographic tongue usually go away eventually or does it persist for the rest of your life?

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Dr. Harry Greenberg
Dermatology 27 years experience
Comes and Goes: Geographic tongue is a condition where there are areas of discoloration on the tongue. It is not a harmful condition, but is a "variant" of normal. Some people think geographic tongue is psoriasis of the tongue.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Varies: It tends to fluctuate from area to area and also varies over time. Generally it lasts for years and may never go away. It is a benign condition and needs no treatment.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
It varies: This condition varies from area to area on the tongue and also over time. It generally lasts for years and may never go away. It is a benign condition and needs no treatment.

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A 27-year-old female asked:

Does geographic tongue usually persist for the rest of a persons life?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Yes: Don't worry about it. Only your dentist will know except when you enter the ugliest tongue contest.
A 27-year-old female asked:

Does geographic tongue usually persist for life or does it eventually disappear?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Geographic tongue: Varies in size and extent of denuded areas, location on tongue, and duration over time but it is generally long term or lifelong.
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
It can go away if its related to acid reflux, control of night time acid reflux may help a geographic tongue go away.
Oct 1, 2013
A member asked:

Does geographic tongue eventually go away or does it persist for the rest of your life?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Long lasting: The duration of geographic tongue is quite variable. Although it can be of short duration, it generally lasts for years and may never go away. However, this condition is generally benign and without any discomfort, and therefore does not require any treatment.
Canada
A 28-year-old female asked:

Will geographic tongue eventually go away or will it persist for life?

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Dr. Stephen Jarrard
General Surgery 21 years experience
Persistent: It may wax and wane, but tends to persist.
Canada
A 27-year-old female asked:

Does geographic tongue usually persist for life or come and go?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dentistry 26 years experience
Not serious: At worst it is an inconvenience because you may need to stay away from spicy and acidic foods until it settles down. The raised lesions will change shape and size but it is not serious, nor can you spread it to others. You will notice you will have good days and not so good days, but, will likely always be there and it will move around. It is usually a long term condition.

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