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if you have geographic tongue is it usually permanent or always there for life?

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Dr. Tal Dagan
Dr. Tal Dagan answered
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 24 years experience
geographic tongue: Although normally symptomatic, sometimes accompanied by burning, geographic tongue is a common condition believed to be inflammatory without a clear cause. It can disappear over time but it is impossible to predict when that will happen. It is not a precursor to cancer and is not dangerous.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Can be: Geographic tongue can come. And go for the rest of your life. This is a harmless condition so do not worry about it.

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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?

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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 27-year-old female asked:

If you develop the condition geographic tongue, is it usually permanent meaning the patches will pretty much always be there for life?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
No: If the identifiable reason for it has been found and corrected, you have a chance to cure it.

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