Geographic tongue is a benign condition where a person’s tongue develops raised red marks, caused by the loss of small bumps called papillae on the tongue. The red marks are usually surrounded by white mounds. The condition is usually painless, but it can be uncomfortable. It is exacerbated by eating spicy or bitter foods such as hot peppers or grapefruits. While there is no known cure, there are a number of treatments that can be employed to get rid of the condition temporarily.
Things You'll Need
- Vitamin B complex
- Green vegetables
- Tooth brush
Reduce your stress levels. Stress can cause a geographic tongue flare up. You can reduce stress by practicing 15 minutes of meditation a day, working your way up to an hour. Find activities that will help you de-stress. Engaging in sports and a hobby will also help you relax and relieve stress.
Control the amount of yeast and Candida albicans (a yeast that can cause infections if present excessive amounts) in your body by limiting your fruit intake and upping your green leafy vegetable intake. This will also help alkalize your body so it can fight geographic tongue.
Take a multi-vitamin. One cause of geographic tongue is the lack of essential vitamins and minerals in our bodies, thus taking vitamin supplements will help in providing your body with its needed dose of vitamins and minerals.
Brush your teeth three times a day regularly and use mouthwash. Proper oral hygiene will allow your tongue to heal by itself.
Drink lots of water. Keeping hydrated will cleanse your body and lessen the possibility of having geographic tongue. Also avoid drinking drinks that are high in sugar as these will cause you to lose fluids rather than allowing the kidneys absorb more water.
Tips & Warnings
- Your doctor can prescribe anti-inflammatory medication which will also help your body get rid of geographic tongue.
- Speak with your doctor before taking any type of supplement or vitamins.