Other Names for this Disease
- Benign migratory glossitis
- Ectopic geographic tongue
- Erythema migrans
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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.  
Last updated: 7/9/2013
- Finding Treatment Information - A video developed by GARD Information Specialists that explains how you can find information about treatment for a rare disease.
- ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Geographic tongue. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.