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Geographic Tongue – DrGreene.com

I’d like to share something with you today. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book “Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation,” edited by John R. Any deviation from your tongue’s normal appearance, or any pain, may be cause for concern. My brother (a fellow sufferer) swears by teetree oil – dabbed on neat (don’t swallow it). As part of this risk assessment, you may have to attend regular follow-up appointments or see a specialist so that your leukoplakia can be carefully monitored. Many people experience white tongue and associated dry mouth conditions due to one of these factors. It will not harm you to take acidophilus.

These include Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, Behcet’s Syndrome, pemphigus, herpes simplex, histoplasmosis, and reactive arthritis (Reiter’s Syndrome). Body – remainder of the visible tongue extending all the way to the back of the throat. Increased energy levels can motivate you to become more physically active, which can in turn lead to increased bone density and strength. If your tongue appears swollen with scallops (little waves) around the edges, this could be a sign of a thyroid disorder. The tongue normally senses sweet, salty, sour, and bitter tastes. One problem that people sometimes have is that their tongue develops a white coating or white spots. The bump is usually painless at first but may eventually start to bleed or ulcerate.

It usually looks like a sunburn and feels like sandpaper. Other family members should also be examined and treated if necessary. On the upper side, the tongue is covered with many tiny protrusions called papillae. People with diabetes and people taking inhaled steroids for asthma or lung disease also can also get thrush. “Burning tongue” pain may be alleviated with sucking on ice or bathing the tongue in cold water. In all of your visits to doctors, has a doctor taken a scraping to look at under a microscope? Accompanying symptoms include fatigue, fever, skin rash, headache, swollen lymph nodes, and sore throat.


Most of these conditions are abnormalities of the papillae, of one type or another. Severe diabetes mellitus with a high level of blood glucose is the first factor affecting microcirculation of blood. We still do not know exactly what causes geographic tongue, but we do know that it strongly tends to run in families (Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology, Nov 1976). Geographic tongue has polygenic inheritance — it is associated with several different genes. We also know that it is associated with a number of other genetic medical conditions. Therefore, it is possible to have greenish tongue with bumps or green spots on tongue when you have a hairy tongue. Mercury displaces iodine, which is necessary for thyroid hormone production.

Geographic tongue is also significantly more common in people who are sensitive to the environment — those with allergies, eczema, and/or asthma (Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology, Aug 1984). Intraoral exam. Your dentist can diagnose thrush and prescribe an antifungal medication to treat it. The Copyright is reserved with the author (Muhammed Rafeeque). This suggests that hormone levels probably play a role. Perhaps there is even some truth to the unproven belief that stress can trigger geographic tongue. Most people with geographic tongue are otherwise healthy.

The condition is usually entirely painless. Applying milk of magnesia a few times a day may be soothing. If there is any pain or burning, this usually can be successfully controlled with antihistamines (Pediatric Dentistry, Nov 1992). It is not known if miconazole passes into breast milk. Sudden swelling of the tongue is usually a sign of an allergic reaction—to medicine, food, or something else, like a bee sting. Rarely is yellow tongue due to jaundice, which happens when there are high levels of yellow pigments in the bile called bilirubin and low amounts of new red blood cells. Probiotics and digestive enzymes likewise help to keep Candida at bay.

In the years since 1955, when the condition was first described (Journal of the American Dental Association, Sep 1987), several treatments have been tried for geographic tongue. Topical Retin-A was the most successful (Cutis Aug 1979). No treatment is currently recommended, however, for this benign, self-limited condition. Geographic tongue heals spontaneously. I am in so so so so much pain i have about 40 ulcers in my mouth at the moment, i have never had one before. This gives rise to the appearance that the map is migrating across the face of the tongue. Thus, geographic tongue is also called benign migratory glossitis.

Although benign, this condition may last for months — or even longer — and often recurs. In the future we may know more about geographic tongue, what causes it, and why it recurs. It should therefore be carefully monitored in acute cases to take note of whether more distinct blueness sets in. Dr. Greene is the founder of DrGreene.com (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. Do you have allergies? For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr.

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