As I mentioned in an earlier post, I also was a prisoner for well over a decade to this so called incurable thing on my tongue. I searched left and right up and down and was capable of giving up everything to find a solution.
I TRULY know how painful it can be for anyone suffering with a geographic tongue. I know what it feels like to be unable to fully open your mouth to talk to people. To not enjoy a simple laugh in front of others. To not be able to eat in front of others because every time you open your mouth they might get a glimpse of that disgusting looking think on your tongue. Believe me I’ve been there and for years.
The reason I created this site is becasue there are millions(yes, millions) of people who suffer from this and many of them don’t even know it. The sad thing is that most of them will go through life suffering, not knowing that they can change their life for the better. They will unfortunately live with the pain and humiliation that comes with it.
Depending on the severity of your geographic tongue it can dictate the outcome of how you live your life if you let it. You can lose out on so much because of the embarrassment and shame that comes with it.
The geographic tongue ebook
Whether you believe in the Bible, Koran, Karma or whatever religious belief, they all share the same philosophy to help others. This belief has been expressed for thousands of years and for good reason. It’s “The Golden Rule” “Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you”
When you help another human being in a time of need, that good deed will always come back to you in one way or another. That’s just the way life works and it’s a beautiful thing when you think about it.
So with that belief and after gathering so much information over the years I realized that an ebook could be created to help others. When I first thought of creating the ebook my intentions were to sell it online and obviously make a little profit.
Well it turned out that while I was creating the ebook all those negative emotions and memories from the past became so real again. I started thinking of the humiliation and suffering that I experienced in my younger years and how this information would have changed my life back then. So that’s when I decided to give it away instead.
For the following reasons.
- To help others in their survival of life. We live such a short life and to not fully experience it is tragic. We need to extend our lives as much as possible to ENJOY it.
- So you can still enjoy the foods and beverages that are not so “healthy” without having to worry about your geographic tongue acting up. (I discuss this in the ebook)
- To help eliminate the fear, pain and humiliation that a geographic tongue can cause.
- To be able to experience those special moments with the one you love.
- To fit in with your peers and not feel like an outcast.
And I can go on but I think you get the picture.
I mean let’s be honest. I believe we all know that a geographic tongue is an internal problem and if you have it then you’re obviously unhealthy to a certain degree(some more than others). What may be affecting one person can be different then what’s affecting another. But the so called “secret” is that it’s all tied together.
I’m giving this ebook away today for FREE but I could possible be selling it tomorrow so please don’t hold it against me. I see ebooks selling for $30+ that basically provide the same information that’s in this ebook.
I believe in helping others but at the same time I’m no mother Teresa. I also have payments and bills like any other person. The ebook has taken time to create but the real time is in the years of experience and never ending research.
There was no way I could just post the information on the website because it would have been the longest post ever with so much information(44 pages). I had to separate the information by chapters and I wouldn’t have been able to do that here.
So from one person who has suffered and walked in your shoes my recommendation is simple, Stop looking for the magic bullet and take the right steps to eliminate your geographic tongue once and for all! You control your body NOT the other way around.
I can personally feel the pain of all those who are living with a geographic tongue. I first discovered it when I was 18yrs old but had no idea what it was until years later. I had so many embarrassing experiences(as I’m sure many of you reading this can relate to) when it first became noticeable that it made my life miserable.
To begin I didn’t have medical insurance and the doctor who I was visiting at the time really had no clue what he was doing or prescribing me. We tried different treatments but nothing would work. You could imagine how expensive it was getting for me with every visit and every prescription that I tried. It wasn’t until I finally seen a dentist that I got my answer to what this “thing” was on my tongue.
For those of you that don’t know stress also plays roll in a geographic tongue. And believe me when I tell you I was stressed the hell out at that time simply because of my job and all the fast food I was consuming wasn’t helping. To top it off I was drinking alcohol heavily in those younger years and that made it worse. Alcohol creates a lot of acidity in the body which lead to yeast overgrowth and plenty of other unhealthy bodily reactions.
What caused my geographic tongue?
Since every individuals body is different there is no one solution or “one size fits all” treatment. A geographic tongue basically does not cause any major problems, therefore the medical field has not done much research to find out what’s the cause. When I finally found out what a geographic tongue was the dentist then told me it was do to stress. Stress? I asked my self, then why doesn’t half of the population have this symptom? And that’s when I began my research because it didn’t make sense to me at the time. Yes, stress plays a roll but it’s only one factor in the whole equation.
So I started searching the internet and participating in health forums and found out that I wasn’t alone. So many people discussing their life experiences with this problem and what they had tried and were trying in order to bring an end to what was making their life so difficult.
One of the major things that was effecting me was not only the stress but the foods that I was eating. The absorption issue and digestive problems that were caused by heredity was another factor. Even thought I was eating healthy(according to me) I was still having issues with digestion. So what may be healthy for one person may not be as healthy for another. What may work for me may not exactly work for you.
For this reason I made this website because I truly know what it feels like to live with uncertainty. I have now lived years without having to worry about what’s on my tongue. The simple fact that I can now laugh or speak to someone without them looking at my tongue like I have some disease is honestly priceless. If you would like to learn more about geographic tongue then check out my ebook.
A geographic tongue can be sometimes confused for oral thrush. The main reason is because of the white coating on the tongue. Oral thrush is a condition in which the candida fungus accumulates on the lining of your mouth.
The difference is that oral thrush creates creamy white lesions that usually show up on your tongue or inner cheeks. The lesions can be painful at times and may bleed slightly when you try to scrape them off your tongue.
A dentist can diagnose if is thrush by examining your mouth. The dentist will look for the distinctive white lesions in the mouth, tongue, or cheeks. By lightly brushing the lesions away, it reveals a reddened, tender area that may bleed slightly.
Thrush has also been know to spread into the esophagus and may require other tests to make a better diagnosis. These test sometimes include taking a throat culture. A throat culture is when they swab the back of the throat and study the microorganisms under a microscope. Another is performing an endoscopy of your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine, or taking X rays of the esophagus.
Although oral thrush can affect anyone, it’s more likely to occur in infants and people who wear dentures, use inhaled corticosteroids or have compromised immune systems.
People with diabetes and high blood sugar levels are more likely to get thrush in the mouth because the extra sugar in your saliva acts like food for candida . People who take high doses of antibiotics or taking antibiotics for a long period of time increases their chances of acquiring oral thrush. The problem with antibiotics is that it kills some of the healthy bacteria that prevents the overgrowth of candida in the body .
A geographic tongue as mentioned in our previous post appear as small patches that disappear and reappear within a short period of time that usually ranges from hours to days. These patches will change in shape and sizes appearing like a geographic map.
The A.K.A’s of a Geographic Tongue
Here is a list of different names for geographic tongue:
-benign migratory glossitis
-oral erythema migrans
-glossitis areata exfoliativa
-glossitis areata migrans
-transitory benign plaques of the tongue
-stomatitis areata migrans
Here’s an interesting video from the Dr. Oz show
What I found interesting about this video is how easy it is to make a wrong self diagnosis when something appears on your tongue or on any other part of your body. I’ve been guilty of doing the same thing(specially when my geographic tongue became noticeable) in the past that turned out to be something completely different.
For those who are uncertain exactly what a geographic tongue(also known as geographical tongue) is, you have come to the right place for answers. A geographic tongue is an inflammatory condition that affects approximately 2% of the population. According to the U.S. Cencus Bureau there are about 7 billion people on earth, which would give us an estimate number of 140 million people that are affected by this condition. So your not alone. The characteristics are discolored regions of taste buds or sometimes even cracks in the tongue.
Geographic tongue is a condition that is most likely chronic, and frequently manifests after eating any of a range of exacerbating foods, or during times of stress, illness, or hormonal surges (particularly in women just before menstruating).
Geographical tongue symptoms
Usually the tongue is covered in small protrusions called papillae and red patches on the surface of the tongue are bordered by grayish white. The papillae are missing from the reddish areas and overcrowded in the grayish white borders. The whitish or yellow discoloration of the tongue is frequently due to a yeast infection.
Small patches then disappear and reappear within a short period of time that usually ranges from hours to days. These patches will change in shape and size. It is not that common for the condition to cause pain, but it may cause a burning or stinging sensation, especially after contact with certain foods that aggravate the tongue.
There are specific foods that sometimes cause irritation, numbness, burning or slight swelling of the tongue include tomato, eggplant, walnuts, citrus, sharp cheeses, spicy foods, sour foods, mint and candy. Products such as mouth washes and teeth whiteners, can also aggravate the tongue.
Geographical tongue causes
What exactly causes a geographical tongue is unknown but there are many factors that have been connected to this condition. It occurs more commonly in individuals who are affected by environmental sensitivity. Women are more likely to be affected, especially during high hormonal times. There has been many connections with patients with psoriasis, especially pustular psoriasis, diabetes, anaemia, atopy, particular foods and as mentioned above stress.
Stress has been associated with many of the health problems in today’s society. If people only new exactly what the body goes through when their emotions are all over the place they would consider a different approach to responding or reacting to their problems in life.
Geographical tongue treatments
There are many different treatments available. Visiting your dentist or doctor when you notice these symptoms occur is the best way to rule out a more serious problem. Most of the time they can diagnose geographic tongue from a description of your symptoms and from a simple examination of your mouth and tongue.
Discomfort or pain will most likely subside without any treatment. For those that experience a continuous pain, medication can help but it won’t eliminate the problem. Your dentist or doctor may prescribe over the counter pain relievers, special mouth rinses, anti-inflammatories, vitamin B supplements, zinc supplements and corticosteroids.
Unfortunately none of these prescriptions mentioned above can eliminate a geographic tongue alone but they will definitely help to reduce the symptoms. The good thing is that this condition is a benign condition that usually resolves itself without causing any problems for the patient so most people do not require treatment.