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What causes geographic tongue and suggest treatment?

Hello,
My son 8 year old son has a geographic tongue ie. white patches on tongue.
This has been existing since his birth.
I would like to know -
1. Why this problem is existing?
2. What is the nature of this problem.
3. Is there any cure to this?
Thanking you in advance.
Mrs. Menon
Fri, 2 May 2014
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Hi,
Thank you for asking question on health care magic.
The cause of geographic tongue may be Genetic predisposition, stress, exessive consumption of processed foods,citrous fruits and spicy foods.
Deficiency of vitamins, hormonal disturbance and allergy.
Topically applied steroids,mouth rinse with anaesthetics and zinc suppliments may help.
Avoid spicy foods an nuts.
The problem is benign, not transmiited to others and females suffer 3 times more than males
Hope this answer will serve your purpose
Please feel free to ask any more queries if required
Take care
Dr.M.V.Subrahmanyam MD;DCH
Associate professor of pediatrics
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