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Have small intestine inflammation one issue is white tongue - geographic tongue, is there medicine to rid it? Pale, fuzzy, red bumps back of tongue...
Tongue issues: There is no treatment for geographic or white tongue. The appearance of the tongue changes a lot and sometimes may reflect what's going on anywhere else in the body. If your inflammation is active, this may be reflective of your tongue, so treating your problem may help the appearance of your time, but that's not guarantee. The red bumps in the back are most likely taste buds. If in doubt, see doc. ...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
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
Geographic tongue: Geographic tongue is benign and harmless and requires no treatment. Personally I have not had one patient in over 35 years of practice complain about it. Most are even unaware they have it. A few just want reassurance there is no concern. There are some treatments but their efficacy is uncertain. If necessary discuss this with a local Oral Surgeon or Oral Pathologist. ...Read more
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
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
As you know, it is a benign condition, no treatment needed.
There is some association with atopy, exacerbation by stress or by hot or spicy food, anemia, saborrheic dermatitis, diabetes mellitus or pustular psoriasis.
It may disappear over time but it is impossible to predict if or when this may happen. ...Read more
Varies instead: Most patients with geographic tongue have it most of their lives, although the extent and location may vary from time to time. It is benign and nothing to be concerned about. If you have what you believe to be geographic tongue, make sure your own dentist confirms that diagnosis as there may be other similar looking lesions that require treatment or at least observation over time. ...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
Lesions on tongue: Geographic tongue is a marvelous, descriptive name for one of the most common medical conditions of the tongue. It looks like several large, red, slightly depressed, unusually smooth patches on the surface of the tongue. Often the red areas are bordered with distinct white bands. The sharp borders of these irregularly shaped lesions give the surface of the tongue the appearance of a map. ...Read more
Not really known...: There are several theories that have been proposed for the cause of benign migratory glossitis, aka geographic tongue. Because the condition looks microscopically similar to the pattern observed in psoriasis, some oral pathologists believe that there may be a common autoimmune cause. ...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