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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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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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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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Can geographic tongue come and go?

Yes: That is why it is referred to a geographic tongue it takes on a different ' geographic ' appearance routinely as the papillae of the tongue change. ...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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I have developed geographic tongue, is it permanent?

Permanent: Geographic tongue is thought to be a condition that you will have to deal with the rest of your life. Unless, science keeps doing what it's been doing, then you may have treatment options. ...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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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 only due to hiv?

Is geographic tongue only due to hiv?

No: Geographic tongue (benign migratory glossitis) is a quite common occurrence. There is an inordinate amount of information on this condition available on the internet. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can methotrexate help geographic tongue?

Can methotrexate help geographic tongue?

See below: Reiter's and psoriatic arthritis can have oral lesions that can mimic geographic tongue. If you have either of those underlying conditions, Methotrexate should help. ...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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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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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