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How Can You Know If 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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