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All About Oral Psoriasis

Posted on 4/12/2021 by Henricksen Family Dental
All About Oral PsoriasisPsoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that results in red, scaly, and itchy patches. While it is often associated with skin, psoriasis can affect any area of the body, including the mouth. Oral psoriasis refers to the psoriasis seen in and around the mouth and can take several forms. Read on to learn about symptoms and treatment.

Geographic Tongue

Oral psoriasis can affect the color and texture of the tongue, and can cause geographic tongue, also known as oral erythema migrans. This condition causes skin cells on the tongue to grow and shed at an inconsistent rate resulting in smooth patches surrounded by yellow or white borders. This creates a map-like pattern and cracks on the tongue.

While some cases of geographic tongue are mild, others can interfere with eating and drinking because of pain and swelling. If you experience these symptoms, schedule an appointment with a professional as soon as possible – at Henricksen Family Dental, Dr. Henricksen and can examine your tongue and check whether you suffer from oral psoriasis. Because oral psoriasis is so hard to diagnose, it is important to rely on a professional – it's only after confirmation that you can begin to receive treatment.

Treatment for Oral Psoriasis

Treatment options for oral psoriasis usually include reducing inflammation. This is done through steroid creams, anti-inflammatory oral medication, and antiseptic mouth rinses. Topical anesthetics may be prescribed for pain management.

Preventative Measures for Oral Psoriasis

Because oral psoriasis doesn't have a cure, the best you can do is take preventative measures. If you're prone to flare-ups, be sure to avoid eating spicy food and smoking. Additionally, you should practice good oral hygiene and use a mouth rinse.

Treatment options depend on the severity of the condition. If you suspect you may have oral psoriasis, call us at (360) 740-2119 to make an appointment.

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