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Is there an association between chronic Lyme disease and geographic tongue?

Is there an association between chronic Lyme disease and geographic tongue?

Not particularly: Lyme can cause virtually any symptom and geographic tongue could be one of them, but I have not found geographic tongue to be common in patients with lyme. Common causes of geographic tongue include celiac disease & other food allergies, environmental allergies, vit B12 & zinc deficiencies, hormonal imbalances & imbalances of flora. Of course many people with chronic lyme may also have those issues. ...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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Have you heard of an association between chronic Lyme disease and geographic tongue?

Have you heard of an association between chronic Lyme disease and geographic tongue?

Not really: Geographic tongue is a mild inflammatory condition--no association with disease or infection, although it is not known for sure what causes it. It can be associated with other dermatologic conditions, lyme disease is an infection caused by infected tick bites. ...Read more

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Can geographic tongue be caused by a food allergy or intolerance, such as celiac disease? Or lactose intolerance?

Can geographic tongue be caused by a food allergy or intolerance, such as celiac disease? Or lactose intolerance?

YES!: Although it is not always associated with those things, a high percentage of patients with celiac disease also have geographic tongue. It is not know why there is a correlation, but the correlation exists! If you have not been checked for celiac disease, ibs, or other gastrointestinal/autoimmune disorder, you may want to see your physician. ...Read more

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White lining on both sides of tongue I have a geographic tongue towards the back no fever no sore throat no signs of serious disease what is this?

White lining on both sides of tongue I have a geographic tongue towards the back no fever no sore throat no signs of serious disease what is this?

Could be: Normal or something else. Without seeing it, it is hard to say. I would suggest having a dentist, oral surgeon, or oral medicine specialist take a look. ...Read more

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White lining on both sides of tongue I have a geographic tongue towards the back no fever no sore throat no signs of serious disease what is this?

White lining on both sides of tongue I have a geographic tongue towards the back no fever no sore throat no signs of serious disease what is this?

Keratinous tissue: It could be keratinous tissue which builds up due to biting of tongue or if it peels could be serious. Need to see how thick and long it is. Should be checked out. ...Read more

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White lining on both sides of tongue I have a geographic tongue towards the back no fever no sore throat no signs of serious disease what is this?

White lining on both sides of tongue I have a geographic tongue towards the back no fever no sore throat no signs of serious disease what is this?

Thrush, see PCP: To check whether or not you have thrush, you should visit your primary care practitioner. Most simple thrush infections can be cured in about 7 to 14 days. Most likely the infection may not return as long as you stay healthy and well nourished. Take care. ...Read more

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Is geographic tongue a self-limited disorder that eventually resolves itself or is it permanent?

See below: It is usually due to allergies. You need to find out what you are allergic to and then maybe the geographic tongue will resolve. It has no significance other than being associated with allergies. ...Read more

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How do I cure geographic tongue?

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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Does geographic tongue stay forever?

Does geographic tongue stay forever?

It can: Geographic tongue is a harmless condition that does not need any treatment, so do not worry about it. It can come and go over time. ...Read more

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Do children outgrow geographic tongue?

Do children outgrow geographic tongue?

Geographic Tongue: As you know, it is a benign condition, no treatment needed.
There is some association with atopy, exacerbation by stress or by hot or spicy food, anemia, saborrheic dermatitis, diabetes mellitus or pustular psoriasis.

It may disappear over time but it is impossible to predict if or when this may happen. ...Read more

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How can you know if geographic tongue?

How can you know if geographic tongue?

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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Does geographic tongue disappear eventually?

Comes and goes: Geographic tongue will change its appearance over time and may disappear. This is a harmless condition and no treatment is needed. Don't worry about geographic tongue. ...Read more

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Is geographic tongue permanent persisting for life?

Yes: Geographic tongue is a nonpathological anomaly. It is not something that has to be treated. Patient may be susceptible to spicy food, however, the condition is benign. It is a form of glossitis (tongue inflammation) that cannot be treated. ...Read more

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What are the best medications for geographic tongue?

None: There is no medicine for geographic tongue. Nor is thre any need for treatment. It's a normal variant. ...Read more

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Is there any medication for painful geographic tongue?

Is there any medication for painful geographic tongue?

See dentist: Geographic tongue is not painful... There is something else going on with your tongue. See a dentist or oral surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Will geographic tongue come and go or is it permanent?

Will geographic tongue come and go or is it permanent?

Both: It is a chronic condition the typically manifest itself under certain circumstances such as eating hot, spicy, acidic or salty foods and stress or hormonal changes. Treatment is typically not necessary unless you have severe pain then a dentist can prescribe you a mouthwash or paste to use. ...Read more

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Just developed geographic tongue, will this stay forever?

Just developed geographic tongue, will this stay forever?

Comes and goes: This can come and go, it will become more visible when acidic and spicy foods are eaten. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: geographic tongue?

Abnormal surface: 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. ...Read more

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Does geographic tongue respond well to hydrogene peroxide rinses?

Does geographic tongue respond well to hydrogene peroxide rinses?

Rarely: While keeping the tongue clean may be of some help, there is no known treatment for the eradication of geographic tongue. ...Read more

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Does geographic tongue usually come and go or is it constantly there?

It comes and goes: It is harmless, benign and it is not linked to any other condition. It has a white or light-colored border, it varies in size, shape and color. It moves around and it
comes and goes or changes very quickly in days, weeks, or months. It could be from sensitivity to hot, spicy, or acidic foods, cigarette smoke or even toothpaste. You should see a dentist/md to rule out any other condition ...Read more

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Geographic tongue. What makes it come, and then what makes it go away?

Geographic tongue. What makes it come, and then what makes it go away?

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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Can tea cause geographic tongue?

Could Be A Factor: Your oral chemistry, good & bad bacteria, along with what is ingested would factor into how the surface of your tongue changes. Be sure to also brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. Tongue scrappers work well, also. ...Read more

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What is geographic tongue and herpes?

What is geographic tongue and herpes?

Unrelated: Geographic tongue is a jagged loss of taste buds and not viral nor contagious. Maybe oral psoriasis. Heroes is a common contagious viral infection. ...Read more

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Is geographic tongue a fungal condition?

Is geographic tongue a fungal condition?

No: Geographic tongue is condition in which there are map like areas on tongue. Usually there are no symptoms but occasionally they can be sore or have burning. There is no well defined cause for it though it is more common in people who have a kind of skin dirsorder called psoriasis. It doesn't require treatment.
http://www. Dermnetnz. Org/topics/geographic-tongue/ ...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 be brought on by stress?

Can geographic tongue be brought on by stress?

Possible: It's possible because stress increases certain natural steroids that affect people differently. ...Read more

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How can I prevent having a geographic tongue?

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

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