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A 27-year-old female asked:

Does geographic tongue eventually clear up or does it never go away?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Ayoub
Cosmetic Dentistry 19 years experience
Yes: I have seen it come and go no known reasons for what it triggers it.
Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 21 years experience
They come and go: They vary in size, shape, and color. They appear in one area, and then move to another area. They come and go or change very quickly in days, weeks, or months and the can last up to a year but they may come back again.
Dr. Charles Coleman
26 years experience
Depends : Depends on the cause.If you are allergic to something it will clear up. Start taking vitamins mainly Folic Acid and b complex.Stay away from acidic foods.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 35 years experience
Comes & Goes: Geographic tongue (gt) is a variation of normal. Our taste bus are constantly being replaced. In gt patches of taste buds get replaced at a time, rather than individual ones scattered around. As the taste buds get regenerated the patch goes away and a new one can crop up elsewhere on the tongue. Some studies show that when you are under stress the gt pattern is more likely.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
Possibly: Geographic tongue is not "normal", but rather a benign, usually, but not always painless, inflammatory process that alters normal tongue anatomy. It can come and go in its own. It will go away without treatment, but can and often will return. It is not contagious. Treatment is not necessary unless symptoms of burning develop, contact your dentist.

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A 28-year-old female asked:

Does geographic tongue usually go away eventually? Or is it permanent?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Geographic tongue: Is a benign condition affecting the surface of your tongue. Although geographic tongue may look alarming, it is harmless. In some cases patient may experience discomfort or burning sensation related to a certain foods. It is idiopathic permanent condition. For more information see your dentist.
A 27-year-old female asked:

Does a case of geographic tongue eventually go away?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
No: Geographic tongue is a harmless condition so don't worry about it. It does not need any treatment. It will change appearance from time to time and may even go away for awhile.
A 26-year-old female asked:

Will geographic tongue eventually go away?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Uncertain: First make sure your dentist has diagnosed you as having geographic tongue. The length of time is uncertain although it usually lasts for long periods of time and may never go away. However, it is a harmless benign condition and nothing to be concerned about.
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 51 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.

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