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A 27-year-old female asked:

I have developed geographic tongue, its constant. will it persist like this and be constant for the rest of my life?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Van Stralen
38 years experience
Yes: It is not a disease. Geographic tongue is a condition. Usually it comes and goes.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Don't worry: Do not worry about geographic tongue. This is a harmless condition that will come and go and does not need any treatment.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Usually: But not always. The extent and location of patches vary over time and many systemic and local factors play a role in its presence and appearance. It is benign and requires no treatment.

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A 27-year-old female asked:

If you develop geographic tongue will it persist for the rest of your life or eventually resolve?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 36 years experience
Yes: It is benign. Keep dental appointments and stop smoking.
Canada
A 27-year-old female asked:

My geographic tongue has been constant for just over a year, will it constantly be there for the rest of my life?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
Comes and goes: Geographic tongue is a harmless benign condition that comes and goes over time. You will have occurrences of this throughout your life. Don't worry about it.
Canada
A 27-year-old female asked:

Typically is geographic tongue constant for the rest of your life?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Pathology 20 years experience
Geographic Tongue: Your doctor may recommend medications to manage discomfort or sensitivity: over-the-counter pain relievers, mouth rinses with an anesthetic, antihistamine mouth rinses, corticosteroid ointments or rinses. Since the condition typically resolves on its own and has an unpredictable course, you may not be able to tell if the symptomatic treatments are actually working.
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Pathology 20 years experience
Provided original answer
The condition typically resolves on its own and has an unpredictable course
Oct 29, 2013
A member asked:

If you have geographic tongue, will it constantly be there for the rest of your life or will it come and go?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Come and go, but...: Tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease.Other causes of tongue that looks patchy include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals).
Canada
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 58 years experience
Yes: Don't worry about it. Only your dentist will know except when you enter the ugliest tongue contest.

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Last updated Apr 29, 2015

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