I have a patch on my tongue

nbo

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I have a circular patch on my tongue that keeps reappearing on the side of my tongue, sometime underneath or on top, but always on the right side near the front. It is an outline with a white boarder. It starts off smaller than a pink finger and gets bigger, and disappears after about three days, after another couple of days it reappears. Sometimes I will get another circle or more appear near it. It is mostly painless but sometimes it slightly burns.

I did go to see the dentist and he said that he didn't think it was anything serious, that maybe it was the way my teeth pressed against my tongue. It has been happening for a year.
I have had terrible health anxiety recently and I can't stop thinking about it.

I am female, 30 and don't drink or smoke, if that helps.
does anyone know what it is?

thank you
 

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MattKW

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Looks and sounds like Benign Migratory Glossitis or geographic tongue. Has nothing to do with pressure from teeth.
 

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Based on your description, the circular patch on your tongue could potentially be a condition known as "oral lichen planus." Oral lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the mucous membranes inside the mouth, including the tongue. It can appear as white, lacy patches or raised, white-bordered lesions.
Since you've mentioned that you've had this issue for about a year and it's been recurring, it might be a good idea to consult with a dermatologist or an oral medicine specialist for a proper diagnosis and further evaluation. They can perform a clinical examination and possibly recommend a biopsy if needed to confirm the diagnosis.
It's important to note that while oral lichen planus is a possibility, there could be other conditions that present with similar symptoms. Given your health anxiety and the recurrent nature of the patches, seeking professional medical advice will help put your mind at ease and provide you with accurate information and treatment options.
 

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nbo

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Based on your description, the circular patch on your tongue could potentially be a condition known as "oral lichen planus." Oral lichen planus is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the mucous membranes inside the mouth, including the tongue. It can appear as white, lacy patches or raised, white-bordered lesions.
Since you've mentioned that you've had this issue for about a year and it's been recurring, it might be a good idea to consult with a dermatologist or an oral medicine specialist for a proper diagnosis and further evaluation. They can perform a clinical examination and possibly recommend a biopsy if needed to confirm the diagnosis.
It's important to note that while oral lichen planus is a possibility, there could be other conditions that present with similar symptoms. Given your health anxiety and the recurrent nature of the patches, seeking professional medical advice will help put your mind at ease and provide you with accurate information and treatment options.
Thank you. I have a dentist appointment in a couple of days. It had disappeared when I went the second time and very small the first time. I have taken more pictures, so hopefully I get it sorted. I thought it was geographic tongue like the first comment suggests because it was the closest thing that it resembled. Thank you for the extra information.
 

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