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cracks in tongue

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 25, 2007
  • 08:01 PM

i have cracks all over my tongue. this problem had just sprung up. it has to be some kind of deficiency in my system. i've been to my doctor and to a ENT. my doctor didn't know. the ENT said he thought it was normal. well i don't buy that at all. i know an older women who had what she said was worse cracks in her tongue than mine. her doctor at the time put her on either a prescription or herbs or something. she can't remember because it was so long ago. but her tongue went back to normal after she took whatever it was. her doctor has long since retired, may even died by now. but i'm still stuck with the condition. does anyone having any knowledge of this or someone else that has it? and what can possibly be done to return it to normal.

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  • When I was 13, I had cracks on my tounge. They looked as if I had bitten my tounge, backwards, all the way to the back. Went to the doctor and had strep, went on anti-biotics, for 3 weeks, felt better. But my tounge had swelled at that same time and 9 years it has not gone down. Have a strep test done, if you haven't already.
    crazybrazy 30 Replies
    • January 27, 2007
    • 10:51 PM
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  • Sounds like you have a geographic tounge.
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  • I dont know if it will help but my mouth is always dry and if i wasnt always drinking something i would possibly have cracks....anyway i read a post earlier from a woman who mentioned synthetic saliva basically, i picked up the biotene oral balance dry mouth moisturizer....has 5 moisturizers and 18 amino acids and poteins plus calcium and omega 3 which would prob benefit you also....just an idea, hope it helps, for $5 it might be worth a shot. Jen
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  • i have cracks all over my tongue. this problem had just sprung up. it has to be some kind of deficiency in my system. i've been to my doctor and to a ENT. my doctor didn't know. the ENT said he thought it was normal. well i don't buy that at all. i know an older women who had what she said was worse cracks in her tongue than mine. her doctor at the time put her on either a prescription or herbs or something. she can't remember because it was so long ago. but her tongue went back to normal after she took whatever it was. her doctor has long since retired, may even died by now. but i'm still stuck with the condition. does anyone having any knowledge of this or someone else that has it? and what can possibly be done to return it to normal.thanks!![/QUOTE My uncles tongue actually split in half. He recently went to an ENT and the Dr told him he was deficient in some kinds of vitamins. I'm not sure the names of the vitamins.
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  • i have cracks all over my tongue. this problem had just sprung up. it has to be some kind of deficiency in my system. i've been to my doctor and to a ENT. my doctor didn't know. the ENT said he thought it was normal. well i don't buy that at all. i know an older women who had what she said was worse cracks in her tongue than mine. her doctor at the time put her on either a prescription or herbs or something. she can't remember because it was so long ago. but her tongue went back to normal after she took whatever it was. her doctor has long since retired, may even died by now. but i'm still stuck with the condition. does anyone having any knowledge of this or someone else that has it? and what can possibly be done to return it to normal.thanks!!hello,This seems similar to what my 13 yr old daughter has had for many years. If its the same thing it is called "geographical tongue". Lines around tongue that look like cracks usually triggered by certain foods you eat. Try looking this up and hopefully you'll find some more information to help you. Best of luck!!
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  • A geographic tongue refers to the tongue COATING, and it will looked kind of peeled back in some places. It looks like a map. This is quite different from a tongue that has actual cracks all over, with little or no tongue coating. A geographic tongue coating can be caused by an inbalance in the speen and stomach, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. It usually signifies stomach yin defiency or stomach fire. A tongue with cracks, either deep or thin, with no coating is due to yin deficiency,(liver or kidney usually) and is often found in diabetics or patients with other chronic disease. An acupuncturist is trained in tongue diagnosis. This is a very important tool in Traditional Chinese Medicine. To find a practitioner near you please visit www.acufinder.com it is a great resource. Best wishesDOM
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  • i am currently 22 and have had a cracked tongue my whole life.it just has little cracks all over it .i have never experienced any pain from this.
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  • It may be something that runs in my spouses family. It is called a "Geometric Tongue", caused from eating spicey foods, which irritate the taste buds, but resolves shortly after eating the spicey foods.
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  • Deep cracks in the tonge are fissures. "Fissured tongue". The same groves that are on your teeth but are on your tongue, and is actually very common.
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  • I have a tongue full of cracks,its really ugly to me, once I had a dentist laugh at me because of it. It made me very self consious of it. I asked my MD recently what it was and he didnt know. He said he didnt think it was anything serious or he would know about it. I would really like to know. I am anemic and read something recently that that is a possiblity. If anyone finds the cause of this please email me at pf047@aol.com.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 10, 2007
    • 08:55 PM
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  • Im pretty sure that this is caused by dehydration. Ive had them before, very deep and very painful. Drank nothing but water for a few days and they healed, and my skin looked better. I know this to be true because I have never spent so much time so up close to the mirror in my life since I got this tongue crack thing, and I have noticed that if I slack of on the water, it slowly comes back.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 22, 2007
    • 05:04 AM
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  • I have had these cracks for as long as I can remember and I'm 29 now. it' seems to run in my family I think. i almost think it's like a birthmark. it's one of htose things i've always hoped that no one would ever notice, it's definately not an attractive looking sight. I've been to embarrased to ask the doctor about it and I don't think it's anything serious not curable. I'm a healthy eater, athletic and healthy overall so I don't think its' anything serious with my health. They're all over and deep cracks, i don't know how they could ever heal up and close. No one has ever said anything to me about it, either tehy think it's normal or they're freaked out by it!I've looked for info on it before and nothing, I am really surprised to see these posts from others.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 1, 2007
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  • A tongue with cracks, either deep or thin, with no coating is due to yin deficiency,(liver or kidney usually) and is often found in diabetics or patients with other chronic disease. Chinese medicinal herbs will help get your tongue, and your body, back in balance.An acupuncturist is trained in tongue diagnosis. This is a very important tool in Traditional Chinese Medicine. To find a practitioner near you please visit www.acufinder.com it is a great resource.Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • November 1, 2007
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  • this is because of a b vitamin decency. Try taking a b complex once or twice a day
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  • Hi! Sounds more like your lacking in certain vitamins b2 or b6 or even zinc I watch (you are what you eat) and that's what the lady says when your tongue is cut up! Mine is the same way really bad. google the title of the show or http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/273/index.jsp
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  • i am currently 22 and have had a cracked tongue my whole life.it just has little cracks all over it .i have never experienced any pain from this.i am 13 and i have had cracks in my tongue since i was born my mum has it as well and she told me it runs in the family or something the doctor says there is nothing wrong with me
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  • There Is A Program From England That I Watch On Bbc America. It's Called (you Are What You Eat). It Is A Nutritionist And She Can Read Your Body On What You Are Missing In Your Diet. And Cracks In Your Tongue Is A Vitiman B Deficiency.it All Depends On What Part Of The Tongue You Have The Cracks To Tell What Vitiman B You Are Deficient In. Your Best Bet Is To Be Tested With Blood Work. Tell Your Doctor You Want To Be Tested. Cracks On The Side Are Zinc Deficiency Have That Checked Too.
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  • i am currently 22 and have had a cracked tongue my whole life.it just has little cracks all over it .i have never experienced any pain from this. I HAVE EXACTLY THE SAME THING BUT IT HAS NEVER HURT ME EITHER!!! it doesn't bother me but I really wanna know what this is.....My friend believes this condition is commonly known as I quote "the gift of the gab".
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 9, 2008
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  • I agree with the previous entry.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • December 31, 2008
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  • I'm 42 years old and I have had a cracked tongue since birth. I am also the youngest of 7 children and have 4 siblings with the same condition. I eat in a healthy manner, work out at the gym (regularly) and drink plenty of water and am well within my BMI. I still have a cracked tongue...doesn't matter what I do, the cracked tongue is part of who I am. I asked my dentist about it and he said it was a genetic situation and 3 out of 100 people have this genetic situation and the cracks tend to be filled with taste buds. I have always had a problem eating spicy foods as they burn like mad and eggplant makes my tongue swell (but I love eggplant). But, I also have a sense of smell and sense of taste that are above average -- namely can eat something and name all the ingredients in any sauce or food. Now, that is a situation from birth. So, while I'm not an expert...or maybe I am since I've got 42 years of experience...but when I eat something spicy or with eggplant, I know that I have got to brush my tongue as soon as I'm done eating to prevent any problems mainifesting themselves. If that is all I have to complain about, I think I'm doing pretty well. I understand there are other conditions that are not genetic that are the result of medical conditions. Of that I'm definitely not an expert.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 1, 2009
    • 05:20 AM
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