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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


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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 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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Does geographic tongue last for life?

Does geographic tongue last for life?

Depends on the cause: Geographic tongue is also known as benign migratory glossitis. It is associated with things as diverse as candidiasis, psoriasis, reiter syndrome, lichen planus, leukoplakia, systemic lupus erythematosus, herpes simplex virus, and drug reaction. Some of these conditions are temporary, others lifelong. "migratory" also means that it comes and goes, even if the cause is persistent. ...Read more

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Does geographic tongue persist for life?

Does geographic tongue persist for life?

Geographic tongue: Geographic tongue is a benign condition and nobody knows it's cause for sure. However, because geographic tongue tends to run in families, genetics may be a common link. The size and location of the bald patches usually varies over time and may come and go. The vast majority of patients have this chronic condition last long term and often a lifetime. ...Read more

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Does geographic tongue persist for life?

Does geographic tongue persist for life?

Yes: The physical signs of geographic tongue tend to come & go over time. However, the condition never goes away completely. There can be extended periods when you don't really see or notice anything, but that doesn't mean it's gone. For the vast majority of people, there really aren't any serious symptoms--the tongue just looks a bit weird. Alcohol, heat, and spicy foods might burn, but it's harmless. ...Read more

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