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I have a painless, smooth red patch on my tongue, as seenin my profile picture. What is it?

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly Geographic

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.

In brief: Possibly Geographic

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.
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Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric

In brief: Most likely is

Geographic tongue (gt) which is a variation of normal.
Our taste bus are constantly being replaced. In gt patches of taste buds get replaced at a time, rather than individual ones scattered around. As the taste buds get regenerated the patch goes away and a new one can crop up elsewhere on the tongue. Some studies show that when you are under stress the gt pattern is more likely.

In brief: Most likely is

Geographic tongue (gt) which is a variation of normal.
Our taste bus are constantly being replaced. In gt patches of taste buds get replaced at a time, rather than individual ones scattered around. As the taste buds get regenerated the patch goes away and a new one can crop up elsewhere on the tongue. Some studies show that when you are under stress the gt pattern is more likely.
Dr. Howard Schneider
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Geographic tongue?

A doctor needs to see it.
It is probably benign, but have it checked.

In brief: Geographic tongue?

A doctor needs to see it.
It is probably benign, but have it checked.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry

In brief: Internet Diagnosis?

The picture is small and the red patch even smaller and honestly is not big or clear enough to tell you what we think with any degree of certainty.
Median rhomboid glossitis, a growth or something else? Pure guesses! was it always there or recently formed? You will need to see your general dentist, oral surgeon, pcp or ENT specialist for a definitive diagnosis.

In brief: Internet Diagnosis?

The picture is small and the red patch even smaller and honestly is not big or clear enough to tell you what we think with any degree of certainty.
Median rhomboid glossitis, a growth or something else? Pure guesses! was it always there or recently formed? You will need to see your general dentist, oral surgeon, pcp or ENT specialist for a definitive diagnosis.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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