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What causes geographic tongue and is there any treatment for it?

What causes geographic tongue and is there any treatment for it?

Normal variant: Geographic tongue is a normal variant of anatomy, and there is no treatment for it. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...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 to cure geographic tongue?

No cure: There is no cure. Only treatment of symptoms. This is a benign lesion and quite common. Some people need to avoid certain foods that are too spicy or salty. Others may benefit from a medicated mouthwash, but in the majority of cases, no treatment at all is neccessary. ...Read more

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What causes geographic tongue? Is it permanent?

Not really known...: There are several theories that have been proposed for the cause of benign migratory glossitis, aka geographic tongue. Because the condition looks microscopically similar to the pattern observed in psoriasis, some oral pathologists believe that there may be a common autoimmune cause. ...Read more

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Are there any possible causes of geographic tongue?

Are there any possible causes of geographic tongue?

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). ...Read more

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Are there any possible causes/reasons for geographic tongue?

Are there any possible causes/reasons for geographic tongue?

Geographic tongue: Is a benign condition affecting the surface of your tongue. It is idiopathic permanent condition and not a cause for bad breath. It may be caused by a lack of vitamin B. It also may be due to irritation from hot or spicy foods, but the fact is the exact cause of geographic tongue is unknown. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for a geographic tongue?

Is there a cure for a geographic tongue?

Perhaps: Prior answers describe this. After surgery, if occurs for first time, would wonder about anemia or vitamin deficiency. See an general internist or pcp. ...Read more

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Can geographic tongue cause acid reflux?

Can geographic tongue cause acid reflux?

No: A geographic tongue does not cause acid reflux from the stomach. A geographic tongue is probably not capable of causing stomach symptoms... but that doesn't mean a person can't have stomach symptoms and have a geographic tongue at the same time. ...Read more

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Can geographic tongue be caused by allergies?

Can geographic tongue be caused by allergies?

Geographic tongue: The origin of geographic tongue is uncertain, but there is usually no discomfort or other cause for concern. If there are other symptoms, see your dentist. It is usually just something to live with. Keep your tongue clean by brushing it. I have moderate allergies and don't have geographic tongue while my mother had no allergies and did have geographic tongue. ...Read more

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Can geographic tongue be caused by a gluten intolerance?

Can geographic tongue be caused by a gluten intolerance?

Yes: Migratory glossitis (geographic tongue) has been found in many people who suffer from celiac disease and other auto-immune disorders. It is not a definitive sign that one has problems with gluten, but the association is fairly high and gives reason for further testing and investigation. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to get rid of geographic tongue? Possible causes?

Is there anyway to get rid of geographic tongue? Possible causes?

Geographic tongue: There is no way to prevent or treat this benign and harmless condition. Cause? - no one knows for sure although there are some possible links. More information at: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/geographic-tongue/ds00819 and http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/geographic-tongue. ...Read more

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Is geographic tongue caused by what your eating such as an allergy?

Mystery: Geographic tongue is quite often a mystery that may appear after stress, meds, supplements, nutrition, etc. It is usually no a problem unless pain occurs where some rinses may help. ...Read more

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Is there any possible causes or ways to get rid of geographic tongue?

Geographic tongue: A "geographic" tongue got its name from a map-like pattern on the tongue. Some looks almost like a snake skin pattern. The cause is not well known ; it may change the patterns. If you feel your tongue retains more plaque or bacterial film, gently scrape it off with a tongue cleaner, which comes in a brush, blade, scraper, or spoon form. They are available in a drug store or at dentist. ...Read more

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Can stress cause geographic tongue? I developed this after a very stressful year.

Can stress cause geographic tongue? I developed this after a very stressful year.

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). ...Read more

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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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How do I cure geographic tongue?

Geographic tongue: Geographic tongue is benign and harmless and requires no treatment. Personally I have not had one patient in over 35 years of practice complain about it. Most are even unaware they have it. A few just want reassurance there is no concern. There are some treatments but their efficacy is uncertain. If necessary discuss this with a local Oral Surgeon or Oral Pathologist. ...Read more

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What can cause geographic tongue?

What can cause geographic tongue?

Normal: It's also called migratory glossitis. It has a slight female predilection. There are two types of structures on the tongue. Filliform and fungiform papillae. The former tend to wear away faster than the later. There is no worry about 1-2% of the population have it. Not a contagious condition and no treatment is necessary. That's the quick answer. Don't worry about it as there is no treatment. ...Read more

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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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Are there any theories or speculations as to what causes geographic tongue?

Are there any theories or speculations as to what causes geographic tongue?

Geographic Tongue: Geographic tongue occurs when parts of the tongue are missing layers of small bumps called papillae. They normally cover the entire upper layer of your tongue. Why do you lose these papillae with geographic tongue? Nobody knows for sure. However, because geographic tongue tends to run in families, genetics may be a common link. ...Read more

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Geographic Tongue (Definition)

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 ...Read more