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Geographic tongue picture

Geographic tongue describes a map-like appearance of your tongue. This results from irregular, denuded patches on its surface. The pattern on the surface of your tongue may change very rapidly. The pattern results from the loss of papillae (tiny finger-like projections on the surface of the tongue). This gives areas of the tongue flat spots, and thus a geographic appearance. These areas of papillae loss are said to be "denuded." Denuded areas may persist for more than a month.

Geographic tongue


Symptoms of Geographic tongue

Often there are no symptoms but burning or irritation of the tongue is common, particularly with hot or spicy foods. The discomfort may come and go over time and may worsen at certain times of a women's menstrual cycle or during pregnancy. Lesions are usually confined to the tongue but they sometimes arise elsewhere in the mouth or on the lips.



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