What are the treatments for geographic tongue?
Because geographic tongue is a benign condition, treatment is not necessary. If you feel pain or discomfort, you should avoid eating anything that can irritate your tongue, such as spicy food. To relieve the stinging or burning sensation, your doctor may recommend:
- Mouthwash with an antihistamine (medication to relieve allergic reaction).
- Topical analgesics (pain relievers) that you can apply directly to your tongue.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
What are the side effects of the treatment for geographic tongue?
Side effects from NSAIDs are rare, but they can occur. They usually only appear after someone has taken a medication for a long time. Side effects of NSAIDs can include:
- Stomach pain and heartburn.
- Stomach ulcers.
- Headaches and lightheadedness.
- High blood pressure (hypertension).
What are the complications associated with geographic tongue?
Geographic tongue is a harmless condition with no long-term health complications.