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A 26-year-old female asked:

Can geographic tongue be caused by a food allergy or intolerance, such as celiac disease? or lactose intolerance?

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Dr. Ronan Monsef
Specializes in Family Medicine
No: Geographic tongue is a normal variant.
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 45 years experience
No: Geographic tongue is congenital. It is a benign condition with no known etiology.Severity comes and goes throughout a lifetime. Episodes seem to decrease ir duration, severity, as we age.
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Dr. J. Blake Perkins
Dentistry 22 years experience
YES!: Although it is not always associated with those things, a high percentage of patients with celiac disease also have geographic tongue. It is not know why there is a correlation, but the correlation exists! if you have not been checked for celiac disease, ibs, or other gastrointestinal/autoimmune disorder, you may want to see your physician.
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