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Geographic tongue

Other Names for this Disease
  • Benign migratory glossitis
  • Ectopic geographic tongue
  • Erythema migrans
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What treatment is available for geographic tongue?

Because geographic tongue is a benign (harmless) condition and does not typically cause symptoms, treatment is usually unnecessary. Even those patients who experience sensitivity to hot or spicy foods, generally do not require treatment. With severe symptoms, topical corticosteroids, zinc supplements, and topical anesthetic rinses seem to reduce the discomfort in some patients. [1] [2]
Last updated: 7/9/2013

  1. Rakel: Conn's Current Therapy 2007, 59th ed.. Saunders; 2007;
  2. Gonsalves WC, Chi AC, Neville BW. Common Oral Lesions: Part I. Superficial Mucosal Lesions. American Family Physician. February 2007;

Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

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