ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Geographic tongue is a benign condition. It doesn't pose any threat to your health, cause long-term complications or increase your risk of major health problems.
However, anxiety about the condition is fairly common because:
- The appearance of the tongue may be embarrassing, depending on how visible the lesions are
- It may be difficult to be reassured that there is, in fact, nothing seriously wrong
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- Carr AB (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Aug. 23, 2010.