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Geographic tongue


Other Names for this Disease

  • Benign migratory glossitis
  • Ectopic geographic tongue
  • Erythema migrans
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Your Question

How long does geographic tongue typically last?  Does it usually persist for the rest of a person's life or will it eventually resolve?

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How long does geographic tongue typically last?

Spots that arises because of geographic tongue are quite variable.  They may change in size, shape, or location within mintues or hours.[1]
Last updated: 10/8/2013

Does geographic tongue usually persist for the rest of a person's life or will it eventually resolve?

Geographic tongue cycles between flaring up and disappearing over the course of a lifetime.  Affected individuals may go days, months, or years between flare-ups.  Spots appear less frequently as a person ages.[1]
Last updated: 10/8/2013

References
  • Assimakopoulos D, Patrikakos G, Fotika C, Elisaf M. Benign migratory glossitis or geographic tongue: an enigmatic oral lesion. American Journal of Medicine. 2002; 113:751-755. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12517366. Accessed 10/4/2013.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Benign migratory glossitis
  • Ectopic geographic tongue
  • Erythema migrans
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.