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A 27-year-old female asked:

typically how long does a geographic tongue last? is it always present and persistent or life?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Tongue: In some individuals it is genetic ANS is lifelong and benign.
Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
Outbreaks: Vary in duration and can be painless or can cause pain. Each episode / situation and each individual is different. It usually is a lifelong condition which comes and goes. There is a ton of information on the web about it if you're interested. Hope this helps.

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A 22-year-old male asked:

What is geographic tongue and what causes it?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Tongue looks mappish: Geographic tongue is one which has smooth red patches, whose forms can change regularly and appears as a map; the smooth areas lack the usual papillae (projections on surface of tongue). Benign condition, but can be uncomfortable. Causes include vitamin b deficiencies, hot or spicy foods, and alcohol, or unknown. If patches are white, or problem becomes severe, see dentist or oral surgeon.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can you know if geographic tongue?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Not necessarily: Geographic tongue is when the tongue appears like a MAP with darker and lighter area, areas where the papillae or crypts (mountain and valleys) vary. Most of the time, it is normal, get a general checkup including baseline blood testing, particularly, a cbc.
A 40-year-old member asked:

If you are healthy but get a geographic tongue, does that mean you will get sick?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Not necessarily: Geographic tongue is when the tongue appears like a MAP with darker and lighter area, areas where the papillae or crypts (mountain and valleys) vary. Most of the time, it is normal, get a general checkup including baseline blood testing, particularly, a cbc.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Geographic tongue. What makes it come, and then what makes it go away?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Not necessarily: Geographic tongue is when the tongue appears like a MAP with darker and lighter area, areas where the papillae or crypts (mountain and valleys) vary. Most of the time, it is normal, get a general checkup including baseline blood testing, particularly, a cbc.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What causes geographic tongue?

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Dr. Gregory Bussell
Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Unknown: Geographic tongue is a benign condition where parts of the tongue swell and other parts become smooth, leading to a MAP like appearance. The cause is unknown.

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