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Geographic Tongue (Overview)

Geographic tongue is a relatively benign abnormality of the dorsal surface of the tongue, in which the tongue is fissured and thus appears like a geographic map--hence the name. The exact cause(s) is unknown, and treatments are symptom based as no known cure exists.


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What causes geographic tongue?

What causes geographic tongue?

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. ...Read more

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Geographic Tongue (Overview)

Geographic tongue is a relatively benign abnormality of the dorsal surface of the tongue, in which the tongue is fissured and thus appears like a geographic map--hence the name. The exact cause(s) is unknown, and treatments are symptom based as no known cure exists.


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

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. ...Read more

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What is geographic tongue and what causes it?

What is geographic tongue and what causes it?

Lesions on tongue: Geographic tongue is a marvelous, descriptive name for one of the most common medical conditions of the tongue. It looks like several large, red, slightly depressed, unusually smooth patches on the surface of the tongue. Often the red areas are bordered with distinct white bands. The sharp borders of these irregularly shaped lesions give the surface of the tongue the appearance of a map. ...Read more

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How do I cure geographic tongue?

How do I cure geographic tongue?

Leave it alone: Treatment is generally unnecessary and will usually go away but may affect another area of the tongue.While there is no known cure or commonly prescribed treatment for geographic tongue, there are several ways to suppress the condition, including avoiding foods that exacerbate the problem.Steroid ointment, such as cortisone products, may be applied topically for symptomatic patients. ...Read more

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How to cure geographic tongue?

How to cure geographic tongue?

Can't: There is no cure for geographic tongue. Most cases of geographic tongue (aka erythema migrans, and benign migratory glossitis) do not have any symptoms so it's not treated at all. Occasionally you will see a patient who has a burning sensation in which case the dentist can prescribe topical anti-inflammatory agents. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of geographic tongue?

Steroid can help: Steroid paste can bring down some of the swelling in geographic tongue. No treatment is needed though since this is a benign condition. ...Read more

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Just started getting geographic tongue, is this permanent or can it go away for periods and manifest during triggers

Just started getting geographic tongue, is this permanent or can it go away for periods and manifest during triggers

Geographic tongue: Lesions of geographic tongue fluctuate, getting better or worse, disappearing, moving locations. It is considered essentially to be psoriasis of the tongue. There are topical treatments that help improve the condition. However the condition is unpredictable so it's hard to say whether it will eventually disappear completely. Hot drinks, stress and spicy foods tend to flare geographic tongue. ...Read more

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How can I prevent having a geographic tongue?

Steroid can help: Steroid paste can bring down some of the swelling in geographic tongue. No treatment is needed though since this is a benign condition. ...Read more

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What are the risks of having geographic tongue? Are there any health risks involved by having geographic tongue? Should i be worried? .

What are the risks of having geographic tongue? Are there any health risks involved by having geographic tongue?  Should i be worried?

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No worries: The condition is usually chronic & often occurs after eating hot/spicy foods, or during times of stress, illness, or hormonal surges (ie. In women just before menstruating). The new england journal of medicine reports a connection between celiac disease. There is no known cure or treatment for geographic tongue, avoiding foods that bring it on can help. ...Read more

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What's a geographic tongue?

Anatomy: It is an anatomic variation in the surface pattern and texture of the tongue. It is considere benign and is not treated. ...Read more