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Geographic Tongue! Symptoms,Treatment, Diagonis & Risk Factors

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Dr. Radhika AmulrajAcupuncturist • 18 Years Exp.MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
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What is Geographic Tongue?

Geographic tongue is a benign condition that affects the surface of your tongue. Geographic tongue is also known as benign migratory glossitis. It is a map-like appearance of your tongue due to irregular patches on its surface.

Symptoms of Geographic tongue

  • Map-like appearance to the surface of the tongue
  • Smooth, red patches and sores (lesions) on the tongue
  • Frequent changes in the location, size, and shape of lesions
  • Pain or burning sensation

Causes of Geographic tongue

The cause of geographic tongue is unknown.

Risk factors of Geographic tongue

Diagnosis of Geographic tongue

The diagnosis of Geographic tongue involves the physical examination of your tongue. Tests are usually not needed.

Precautions & Prevention of Geographic tongue

  • Avoid hot, spicy, acidic or salty foods
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco products

Treatment of Geographic tongue

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Geographic tongue
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Geographic tongue
  • Psychotherapy Treatment of Geographic tongue
  • Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Geographic tongue
  • Surgical Treatment of Geographic tongue
  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Geographic tongue
  • Other Treatment of Geographic tongue

Treatment of Geographic tongue 

Homeopathic Treatment of Geographic Tongue

Homeopathy treats pain and patches on the tongue. It treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some of the homeopathic medicines for the treatment of geographic tongue are:

  • Am mur
  • Cham
  • Tarax
  • Manc
  • Ars alb

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Geographic tongue

Allopathic Treatment of Geographic tongue involves the following medications:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Antihistamine mouth rinses
  • Mouth rinses with an anesthetic
  • Corticosteroid ointments or rinses

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Geographic tongue

  • Avoid drinking tea and coffee
  • Eat more of fiber-rich foods such as cereals, spinach, and fresh vegetables
  • Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Drink plenty of water, fruits juice, and other healthy liquids

Other Treatment of Geographic tongue

Use a little water and baking soda to create a thick paste that should be used to brush your teeth and tongue until everything clears up.

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