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A 27-year-old female asked:

Does geographic tongue eventually resolve on its own? i had it before as a baby than it disappeared for many years.

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sonober Umair
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Yes: Yes it may take few months to years but it does resolve on it's own mostly.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Dentistry - Cosmetic 37 years experience
Yes: Geographic tongue, by it's name, means that the area repairs itself, then another area becomes depapillated. Geographic tongue is a condition in which areas of the surface of the tongue lose the hair-like papilla and leave the surface of the tongue exposed. The papilla then grows back and another area goes through the cycle. Can be periods where no outbreaks occur.
Last updated Jul 15, 2013


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