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Spicy Food Alcohol Making Geographic Tongue Worse
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 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
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
It comes and goes: The lesions come and go with periods of remission. During recurrent episodes, lesions appear in different locations. ...Read more
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
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
Persistent: It may wax and wane, but tends to persist. ...Read more
???????????: 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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