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"COVID Tongue" The new manifestation of SARS-CoV-2?

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"COVID Tongue" The new manifestation of SARS-CoV-2?

What is ‘COVID tongue’?

COVID tongue is an inflammatory condition which affects surface of the tongue. It is characterized by smooth, red patches with distinguishable white border on the top and also on sides of the tongue. The affected areas on the tongue looks like the continents, which causes a pattern to appear like Map on the tongue. Thus, the disease is commonly known as “Geographic Tongue”. This is usually a self-correcting anomaly means it corrects by itself.


How is GEOGRAPHIC TONGUE associated with COVID-19?

Geographic Tongue is sometimes associated with increased levels of CYTOKINE, which is a type of inflammatory protein present in body. These Cytokine production increases in some patients suffering from COVID-19 and results into CYTOKINE STORMS. Cytokine storms are very fatal when occur in COVID patient as it usually causes Multi organ failure. This Geographic tongue becomes rich in ACE2 receptors. These ACE2 receptors are the main areas to which SARS-CoV-2 virus binds.

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Nowadays many Dental Surgeons are coming across with Geographic Tongue as one of the symptoms of new strain of SARS-CoV-2.


COVID Tongue Treatment :

It usually corrects itself. But if you have severe pain and discomfort, Your Doctor/ Dentist can prescribe medicine for symptomatic relief. Treatment usually Includes :

  • It cures itself after patient is cured from etiologic disease
  • Anti-inflammatory tablets
  • Mouth rinses with anesthetic solution
  • Topical corticosteroids
  • Zinc supplements and multivitamins

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