Do you have geographic tongue? Here's what it looks like and what to do about it

Geographic mouth, a condition that affects 1 to 3 percent of the people, is thought to have some connection to psoriasis, but the cause of the condition is really unknown. Those who are afflicted with the condition have irregular, smooth, red patches on the tongue that are edged with a whitish border. The patches come in varying shapes and sizes and can appear and disappear at will.
Most of the time, geographic mouth doesn't cause any discomfort, so no treatment is necessary. Other than looking funny, there is nothing dangerous about it. For some, it may cause a burning sensation or tongue sensitivity. If you think you have geographic tongue, speak to your doctor or dentist about it. If it begins to bother you, you can try one of the remedies below to find relief.
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1. Oral anesthetic. The Mayo Clinic says applying an oral anesthetic may help alleviate the burning and discomfort that goes with the geographic tongue. Incidental Farmgirl makes one from mixing 2 drops of clove oil with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. You can put the oil in a tin and carry it with you to smooth on your tongue when you're having problems.
2. Antihistamine rinse. Another way to relieve the discomfort, according to the Mayo Clinic, is to use an antihistamine rinse. Sprittibee shares a recipe for "Magic Mouthwash." Combine 1 part Maalox with 1 part Children's Benadryl. Swish the mouthwash in your mouth and spit. You should feel it take effect in five minutes.
3. Vitamin B supplements. Although the cause of geographic tongue is unknow, the Mayo Clinic does state that sometimes vitamin B supplements help treat the issue.
4. Diet changes. WebMD recommends making some changes to your diet when having trouble. Avoid spicy and acidic foods and beverages, alcohol, and tobacco.
5. Toothpaste. WebMD also says that toothpaste with whitening agents or strong flavors may increase your discomfort. Using a sensitive tooth formula is better.
6. Oil pulling. Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic treatment for oral woes. You put a vegetable oil in your mouth and suck it in and out through the teeth. WebMD reviewed the practice of oil pulling and discovered that it does appear to help with gingivitis and plaque buildup. Other than those two items, though, it does not have any beneficial attributes. You can try it, but don't expect a cure from it.
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