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Life Geographic Tongue
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
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
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
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
Long term: The extent and areas of balding vary over time. Generally it's long term or for life but waxes and wanes over time. Various factors influence this. Each case is different. ...Read more
Not serious: At worst it is an inconvenience because you may need to stay away from spicy and acidic foods until it settles down. The raised lesions will change shape and size but it is not serious, nor can you spread it to others. You will notice you will have good days and not so good days, but, will likely always be there and it will move around. It is usually a long term condition. ...Read more
Persistent: It may wax and wane, but tends to persist. ...Read more
No 'typical' time: Geographic tongue can persist for months or years. The problem may eventually resolve on its own but may appear again at a later time. It's usually a lifelong condition but is quite variable from individual to individual and varies even within the same individual over time in size, location, pattern and degree. Usually completely benign although may become sensitive to spicy foods. ...Read more
Tongue: In some individuals it is genetic ANS is lifelong and benign. ...Read more
Usually does an episode of geographic tongue resolve? Or will it persist with constantly changing lesions for life?
What age group experiences geographic tongue the most? Does it begin in childhood or do you develop this later in life?
If geographic tongue persists for life why did I have it as a baby and it disappeared for 26yrs yrs? What is this based off?!?
If you develop the condition geographic tongue, is it usually permanent meaning the patches will pretty much always be there for life?
No: If the identifiable reason for it has been found and corrected, you have a chance to cure it. ...Read more
No it does not: It is a self limiting condition and will go away on its own most of the times and you can not predict. ...Read more
Probably: Depending on the cause, ie medications, undiagnosed diseases, you will probably have it long term unless the underlying cause is determined and treatment instituted. ...Read more
Yes: No cure, but also not harmful. Just looks bad sometimes. ...Read more
It comes and goes!: Those demarcated red areas that vary on the upper surface of the tongue get their name because they look like a MAP outline, hence georgraphic tongue. They vary in position, and can disappear and and return. They are benign, and yes you may have them for the rest of your life. ...Read more
Comes and goes: It seems to move into different places on the tongue. Hence the name. There is not any pathology associated with it. We do not know the etiology or cause of this situation. No worries. ...Read more
If you develop geographic tongue will it persist for the rest of your life or eventually resolve?
Geographic Tongue: Although geographic tongue may look alarming, it doesn't cause health problems and isn't associated with infection or cancer. Geographic tongue can sometimes cause tongue discomfort and increased sensitivity to certain substances. Because treatments haven't been studied rigorously, their benefit is uncertain. Since the condition resolves on its own and has an unpredictable course. ...Read more
Is geographic tongue permanent as in it never goes away and you have visible spots/patches for life?
Possibly: Geographic tongue is not "normal", but rather a benign, usually, but not always painless, inflammatory process that alters normal tongue anatomy. It can come and go in its own. It will go away without treatment, but can and often will return. It is not contagious. Treatment is not necessary unless symptoms of burning develop, contact your dentist. ...Read more
If you develop geographic tongue is it permanent/always present persisting for the rest of your life?
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
I just developed geographic tongue, will it be present for the rest of my life? Or can it come and go?
Hard to tell: True geographic tongue tends to be benign and not really cause problems. The reason for developing it varies from oral habits to just plain randomness. If you have habits like smoking, tobacco, heavy drinking, eating spicy foods, using harsh oral care products with alcohol, whitening or heavy flavoring, etc. These could all be potential stimulants. If pain is present, consult with your dentist. ...Read more
Do episodes of geographic tongue usually go away eventually or does it persist for the rest of your life?
It varies: This condition varies from area to area on the tongue and also over time. It generally lasts for years and may never go away. It is a benign condition and needs no treatment. ...Read more