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Geographic Tongue

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 22, 2009
  • 05:40 PM

I was wondering if there was anyone else who was experiencing Geographic Tongue. Any suggestions to relieve the symptoms? My mum has been diagnosed with it and lives in agony. The roof of her mouth is raw and her tongue has deep grooves in it, it peels and feels as if it is burnt. Her tongue also has whitish rings on it. She is very healthy and doesn't smoke or drink. She has been off sugar and wheat for months now to eliminate the possiblity of candida. She has been diagnosed with Geographic Tongue by a specialist.

Also for those of you who do experience this, do you have a sore throat too? My poor mum has had a sore throat for the past 3 years. It is recurring and becoming progressively worse. She has had numerous tests and scopes but they cannot help with a diagnosis. The doctors tell her that her throat and vocal chords are raw and inflamed and if not cured can lead to throat cancer. She loses her voice often! We are now wondering if the Geographic Tongue is linked to her throat symptoms. Any suggestions would be great!

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  • Has your mum been checked for B12 deficiency. I lived with similar symptoms for many years before being diagnosed with pernicious anemia. Sore tongue is one of the symptoms of B12 deficiency.
    pearl girl 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have had the same thing going on for the past 4 years, I have loss the ability to taste and smell and the other symptoms you describe are exactly the same. I found a clinic in Houston Texas, Hotze Health and Wellness Center. They started me on a regimen to eliminate the yeast overload in my system. The first couple of weeks were hard but I have since stopped taking my anti-depressant, my Nexium for reflux, and my allergy meds. As long as I watch my diet I do fairly well. It seems to have a lot to do with the diet and foods that trigger yeast overgrowth. They are going to put me on bio-identical hormones at my next visit. I still have not regained my taste back. Yes, my throat gets very sore and it seems like my lymph in my neck gets sore.Hope this helpsI was wondering if there was anyone else who was experiencing Geographic Tongue. Any suggestions to relieve the symptoms? My mum has been diagnosed with it and lives in agony. The roof of her mouth is raw and her tongue has deep grooves in it, it peels and feels as if it is burnt. Her tongue also has whitish rings on it. She is very healthy and doesn't smoke or drink. She has been off sugar and wheat for months now to eliminate the possiblity of candida. She has been diagnosed with Geographic Tongue by a specialist. Also for those of you who do experience this, do you have a sore throat too? My poor mum has had a sore throat for the past 3 years. It is recurring and becoming progressively worse. She has had numerous tests and scopes but they cannot help with a diagnosis. The doctors tell her that her throat and vocal chords are raw and inflamed and if not cured can lead to throat cancer. She loses her voice often! We are now wondering if the Geographic Tongue is linked to her throat symptoms. Any suggestions would be great!
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  • Thank you so much for your reply! It has been very comforting for my mum. You are the first person to identify with her symptoms. We are so sorry to hear that you have had it even worse, considering that you have lost your taste and smell. Through a lot of research my mum has also eliminated yeast. One doctor had suggested that candida/thrush in my mum's body could be the cause. It took her by surprise though because she has such a healthy lifestyle. My mum is trying not to eat anything with yeast, especially bread. She still eats wheat and flour in homemade muffins and rusks though. She was wondering what foods you have had to eliminate in your diet. My mum has definitely noticed an improvement by eliminating bread. Thanks so much again for taking the time to post a reply to our question!
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  • I found this site quite informative and useful: Geographic Tongue Help.com
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  • I to have suffered with this where my skin peels off the roof of my mouth, gums are sore and a constant dry mouth. I had an endoscope done to make sure there was nothing wrong with my stomach, I have seen 2 different dentists, and my GP believes its due to stress. Now today on my own, after researching the interest, I am starting to take vitamin B12. I have read that this is a sign of vitamin B12 deficency and I figure its worth a try. Anyone else let me know if you have taken this approach.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2009
    • 04:55 PM
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  • I am starting to take vitamin B12. I have read that this is a sign of vitamin B12 deficency and I figure its worth a try. Anyone else let me know if you have taken this approach.I absolutely did and it worked for me! I had tongue sores and red patches. One doctor said it was geographic tongue and to try liquid benedryl as a mouth rinse. I also tried Tea Tree toothpaste. I don't know what made me start sublingual B12, but my mother and grandmother both had pernicious anemia. Low and behold, my tongue cleared up! Not what I expected, but I am very happy. No doctor every diagnosed me with pernicious anemia, but there you go. Pretty cheap solution, too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 17, 2010
    • 02:05 PM
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  • I have suffered with Geographic Tongue for several years and asked every doctor and dentist that I have been to and none could offer a solution. I have come to the conclusion that it is a result of the meds I have to take (allergy, asthma, hypertension, bc pills). I've tried multi-vitamins, vitamin B regimine, special mouthwashwes for dry mouth, etc. On a whim about a month ago, I decided to try rinsing with salt water. I rinse twice a day (usually) and have had great results! It hasn't seemed to matter whether I use warm or cold water. It's not 100% gone, but I can actually stick my tongue out at someone and not be embarrased by the ugly red/white patches! It's also helped reduce the amount of burning sensation. I'd say my results were at least 95% effective. I noticed if I skipped, it would start to come back very quickly. I wanted to try something that was not expensive or a RX because I don't need more expense or drugs! I hope others can have similar results, but I know it has helped me a lot. I only wish I had tried it years ago:) Good Luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 12, 2011
    • 08:42 PM
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  • I am 49 yr. old white female and I was first diagnosed with a Geographic Tongue when I was 4yrs old. My mom took me to my doctor and said, "what is wrong with her tongue. Lots of laughs. I have had it all my life. When my stomach is upset then it gets a lot of cuts in it and it can be painful. If I am generally feeling bad then it can effect my tongue as well. It's almost like a detector for me. Otherwise, it doesn't bother me at all. Chances are most ppl have it from birth. When I was in my 20's I has a procedure done and my doctor was from India. He noticed it immediately and told me it was common in his country. Recently, I got a bad stomach virus and my throat got very sore and my glands are swollen. My tongue hurts the worst it ever has. Well, I just wanted to shed some light on the Geographic Tongue. Most pppl including doctors are not familiar with it so it easily go undetected.
    lauriemay 1 Replies
    • January 19, 2012
    • 03:22 AM
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