Signs and symptoms of geographic tongue may include:
- Smooth, red, irregularly shaped patches (lesions) on the top or side of your tongue
- Frequent changes in the location, size and shape of lesions
- Discomfort, pain or burning sensation in some cases, most often related to eating hot, spicy, salty or acidic foods
- Many people with geographic tongue have no symptoms.
These symptoms are related to afflictions of the organ: Tongue:
- Tongue Pain
- Tongue swelling
- White rash
Geographic tongue can persist for months or years. The problem often resolves on its own but may appear again at a later time.
Tongue examination is done.
During the exam, your dentist may:
- A lighted instrument is used to examine tongue and mouth
- Gently touch (palpate) the tongue to check for tenderness or unusual changes in the tongue's texture or consistency
- Check for signs of infection, such as fever or swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Mouth rinses with an anesthetic
- Antihistamine mouth rinses
- Corticosteroid ointments or rinses