How to Prevent Scrotal Tongue?

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Dec 22, 2014
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  • Fissures develop in the condition.
  • Only a dentist can diagnose the condition.
  • Avoid eating foods that cause burning sensation.
  • Preventing the condition is not possible.

A condition in which fissures develop in the tongue which can make it look winkled is called scrotal tongue. There are few other names given to the condition which are like furrowed tongue, lingua fissurata, lingua plicata, lingua scrotalis, plicated tongue or grooved tongue. There can be occurrence of many fissures or a single groove down the middle of the tongue with fissures branching off from it. Scrotal tongue has affected a population of between 1 to 5 percent in the United States and 21 percent worldwide.

Scrotal Tongue Prevention


Usually the condition is present at the time of birth but it comes into notice only when a person gets older. The symptoms of the condition get more noticeable when a person ages. The condition sometimes occurs as result of infection or malnutrition. Also, people with conditions Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome, Down syndrome, and benign migratory glossitis, or geographic tongue are most vulnerable.

What is Diagnosis for Scrotal Tongue?

Usually this condition cannot be diagnosed till the time a dentist tells you about it. The dentist can diagnose the condition by looking at the tongue.

Prevention of Scrotal Tongue

There has been no way established that can help you prevent the fissures from occurring on the tongue.

Scrotal Tongue Prevention

Treatment for Scrotal Tongue

There has been no treatment for the condition. If there is an occurrence of burning and infection, you must avoid foods that cause it. You must also follow proper tongue hygiene, which includes cleaning the tongue daily with a special tongue scraper.

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