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I have a sore green tongue with several deep crevices. Please Help.

By Anonymous July 6, 2018 - 8:34am
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing and welcome!

You may have something called geographic tongue - Geographic tongue is a chronic, inflammatory condition of the tongue (can also affect other areas of the mouth) affecting approximately 3% of the population. It is characterized by discolored regions of taste buds or sometimes even cracks in the surface of the tongue. Geographic tongue will frequently show up after eating any of a range of exacerbating foods, or during times of stress, illness, or hormonal surges (particularly in women just before menstruating). The name “geographic” comes from the map like shape of the lesion. Fortunately, geographic tongue is a harmless benign condition that will not lead to oral cancer or infection.

Geographic Tongue Symptoms

The hallmark signs of geographic tongue include irregular, smooth, red patches on parts of the tongue (can be on top or the sides). These patches have the following characteristics:

-A white or light-colored outlining border.

-Varying size, shape, and color patches across the tongue.

-They move from one place to another. May start in one area and then appear in another.

-Come and go or change very quickly in days, weeks, or months

-Long lasting. Geographic tongue can last up to a year at a time.

-About 10% of all geographic tongue patients may experience mild discomfort or a burning/painful sensation. This sensation is often triggered by sensitivity to cigarette smoke, toothpaste, coffee,or hot, spicy foods.

We cannot say what the green color is from, other than food or dyes from food. But it could also be due to infection.

Please seek medical advice as we can only a guide as to what may be going on.


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