Scrotal Tongue

What is it?
The scrotum tongue is a condition where the tongue cracks, making it look wrinkled. This condition is also called wrinkled tongue, lingua fissurata, lingua plicata, tongue, tongue or tongue groove. There may be many cracks or a single groove in the middle of the tongue, with the split bifurcation. The scrotum tongue affects 1% to 5% of the U.S. population but up to 21% of the global population.

People are usually born with this condition, but they do not notice it until they grow up. As you grow older, it becomes even more pronounced. Occasionally, the scrotum tongue may develop due to infection or malnutrition. It can also be seen in people with certain health conditions, such as Melkson-Rosenthal syndrome (a neurological disease characterized by facial swelling, especially the lips, nerve palsy and scrotal tongue), Down’s syndrome and benign Migratory glossitis or geographic tongue, in which smooth or bald tongue irregular spots spread in the normal coarse taste buds.

This is a harmless condition, usually without any symptoms. Sometimes, the crack may go deep into eating certain spicy or acidic foods, such as vinegar or salt, which may cause a burning sensation, but this is quite rare. Moreover, if the cracks are deep enough, they may contain colonies of bacteria or food debris, causing bad breath or fungal infection of the tongue.

In general, people do not even know they have this situation until their dentist tells them. Your dentist can diagnose this situation by looking at your tongue.

Expected duration
The scrotum tongue is a lifelong condition.

There is no way to prevent the scrotum tongue.

No treatment of the scrotum tongue. If you are experiencing signs of burning or infection, you should avoid foods that disturb you and ensure that you follow good tongue hygiene, including daily cleaning of your tongue with a special tongue cleaner at the pharmacy.

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