Geographic tongue is the name of a condition that gets its name from its map-like appearance on the upper surface and sides of the tongue. It may occur in other areas of your mouth, as well.
You'll be relieved to know that geographic tongue is a harmless, It only effects about 1% to 3% of people, Geographic tongue can show up at any age. However, it tends to affect middle-aged or older adults more often. It appears to be more common in women than in men.
Symptoms of Geographic TongueThe telltale signs of geographic tongue are irregular, smooth, red patches on parts of the tongue. These patches may:
About one in 10 people with geographic tongue may have mild discomfort or a burning or painful sensation. This is often from sensitivity to substances such as:
Dr. James L. Johnson