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Can geographic tongue be a food allergy or intolerance?

Can geographic tongue be a food allergy or intolerance?

No: This is also known as benign migratory glositis, and its cause is unknown. It is something your born with. Foods do not cause this, nor is it the same as an allergic reaction. Certain food can cause pain when you have an exacerbation. Avoid spicy foods, and vinegar based salad dressings, for instance. ...Read more

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Can geographic tongue caused by a food intolerance or food allergy?

Can geographic tongue caused by a food intolerance or food allergy?

Not that we know of: Geographic tongue is a benign inflammatory condition which has no known definite cause or cure, but is completely harmless. Food intolerance or allergies may cause other tongue conditions such as swelling or itching, but this is different from geographic tongue. ...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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Does geographic tongue get worse as you age?

Does geographic tongue get worse as you age?

Tongue: It can, but if it is asymptomatic, then it requires no treatment. If you are not sure, have a dentist check it. ...Read more

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Typically how long does geographic tongue last?

Typically how long does geographic tongue last?

Varies: The activity of geographic tongue will wax and wane over time and may even have periods where there is no lesion activity. Some people are able to identify environmental stimuli that increase lesion activity although or is not common. It will continue to "move" with one part of the tongue resolving with another area becoming affected. ...Read more

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Does geographic tongue usually disappear over time?

Comes and goes: Geographic tongue is a benign condition that is not well understood. It will change its appearance over time and can disappear for awhile. No treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Does geographic tongue usually disappear after awhile?

Does geographic tongue usually disappear after awhile?

It comes and goes: The lesions come and go with periods of remission. During recurrent episodes, lesions appear in different locations. ...Read more

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Does anyone know anything about geographic tongue causes?

Does anyone know anything about geographic tongue causes?

Usually painless: True geographic tongue is painless and requires no treatment. If your tongue is irritated then something is irritating it. This could be a medication, cigarette smoke, a certain toothpaste. If irritated talk to your doctor or dentist, or if persistent, an ent. ...Read more

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How long does geographic tongue last? Does it eventually disappear?

How long does geographic tongue last? Does it eventually disappear?

About a year: Geographic tongue is harmless. It isn't linked to any infection or medical condition. It affects 1 - 3% of people. It tends to affect middle aged or older adults more often. It tends to run in families. If there are symptoms, avoid tobacco, spicy, acidic foods,
salty foods, toothpaste with additives such as
whiteners. Some people say it will last a year others
say it will disappear over time. ...Read more

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Does geographic tongue usually go away eventually? Or is it permanent?

Geographic tongue: Is a benign condition affecting the surface of your tongue. Although geographic tongue may look alarming, it is harmless. In some cases patient may experience discomfort or burning sensation related to a certain foods. It is idiopathic permanent condition.
For more information see your dentist. ...Read more

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Does geographic tongue usually persist for life or does it eventually disappear?

Does geographic tongue usually persist for life or does it eventually disappear?

It is permanent: Geographic tongue also called migratory glositis. The exact cause of geographic tongue is unknown. It is a permanent benign condition. If you have geographical tongue do not rush to see a dentist, do not panic. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has geographic tongue, how can I help?

My 4 year old has geographic tongue, how can I help?

???????????: This is an innocuous problem. It will come & go in some people but does no harm. If you think the kid is in pain it is not from GT. ...Read more

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Does geographic tongue usually persist for the rest of your life?

Does geographic tongue usually persist for the rest of your life?

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

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Does geographic tongue usually persist for the rest of a persons life?

It can: Geographic tongue will come and go and the appearance will change. The cause is not known but it is harmless so don't worry about it. ...Read more

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I've had geographic tongue for over a year, will it stay the rest of my life?

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

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If you develop geographic tongue will it be present the rest of your life or come and go?

If you develop geographic tongue will it be present the rest of your life or come and go?

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

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If you develop geographic tongue is it permanent/always present persisting for the rest of your life?

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

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I just developed geographic tongue, will it be present for the rest of my life? Or can it come and go?

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

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I have developed geographic tongue, its constant. Will it persist like this and be constant for the rest of my life?

I have developed geographic tongue, its constant. Will it persist like this and be constant for the rest of my life?

Usually: But not always. The extent and location of patches vary over time and many systemic and local factors play a role in its presence and appearance. It is benign and requires no treatment. ...Read more

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Is geographic tongue a form of atopy?

Is geographic tongue a form of atopy?

No: Geographic tongue is not a form of atopy but has bene associated with asthma, allergy and diabetes.

http://www. Dermnetnz. Org/topics/geographic-tongue/ ...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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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 Lyme cause geographic tongue to flare up?

Can Lyme cause geographic tongue to flare up?

See below: Lyme should not do this. However; psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis and reactive arthritis/reiter's syndrome has been associated with this. ...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 causing bad breath, what to do?

Geographic tongue causing bad breath, what to do?

Geographic tongue: Geographic tongue per se does not cause bad breath. See your dentist for an exam and evaluation to see what's causing your bad breath. There are also medical issues that can cause this. For some general information see: http://smilesapartcosmeticdentist. Com/fresh-breath-control. Htm. ...Read more

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Can geographic tongue be caused by a gluten intolerance?

Can geographic tongue be caused by a gluten intolerance?

Yes: Migratory glossitis (geographic tongue) has been found in many people who suffer from celiac disease and other auto-immune disorders. It is not a definitive sign that one has problems with gluten, but the association is fairly high and gives reason for further testing and investigation. ...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


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