Living With Geographic Tongue

Living With Geographic Tongue

That weird tongue disease
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Warning! There will be pictures of varying degrees of grossness. If you are squeamish and think weird tongues might freak you out, please locate the nearest exit.

Tongues. They reside in our mouths, are incredibly flexible — sometimes freakishly so — and are the strongest muscle in the human body. These muscles have always been a source of weird tricks and traits. Some people can roll it into a shape that vaguely resembles a taco, others can make the clover and then there are those that can somehow straight up fold their tongue in half.

These strange tongue facts are news to no one, but there is something I'm willing to bet that the majority of people don't know about. If you are a fan of watching bizarre medical conditions videos, you may have heard of this condition called geographic tongue. "What's that?" you who have not heard of this ailment ask. Well, it's something I have lived with every day for as long as I can remember. Geographic tongue is a disease (I'm not a fan of the word "disease," but I'm not in charge here) that is centralized to the surface of the tongue. For some unknown reason, it causes raised white lines and/or bald patches all over the tongue - that's where the geographic part comes in.

According to the Mayo Clinic, geographic tongue is listed as a harmless ailment, but I would disagree. True, it will not kill you — unless you're allergic to having a weird looking tongue — but it can definitely cause harm. You see, this condition brings with it an incredibly delightful increased sensitivity to spicy and acidic things. I'm not talking about a slight increase either. What I'm talking about is an "I've become so sensitive that the small amount of acid in a banana hurts me," increased sensitivity.

Just imagine, you go home and you find out that your mother has made that delicious chili for dinner. You know the one I'm talking about. Everyone at the table can easily consume their entire bowl while barely being bothered by the relatively small amount of spice. You however — oh boy — you get to the end of your bowl (which has been loaded with heat reducers like sour cream and cheese, and you even ate most of it with buttered crackers!) and you're sweating like a pig because of the ridiculous amount of heat and pain radiating from your tongue. You're almost in tears, and you find yourself wondering, "Is my tongue bleeding? It feels like it's bleeding." No, your tongue isn't bleeding. It's just dangerously red, welted and dreading tomorrow's leftovers.

It can't get worse than that, can it? Sorry to ruin your dreams, but it can. Geographic tongue by itself causes sensitivity, but those unlucky enough, much like myself, will also find themselves in possession of a fissured tongue. This condition causes lovely little groves to cover the tongue and its own round of spicy/acidic food caused pain.

There's nothing quite like a double pain whammy that makes your tongue look gross, am I right?

Cover Image Credit: Dental Studio 101

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Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!

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What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

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Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

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2. Phone juul holder 

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3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

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4. The American Fraternity book

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5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

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6. Condom case

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9 Ways To Make A Difference When It Comes To Causes You're Passionate About

There are plenty of ways to make a difference.

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There are a lot of causes to support. You may want to support The Trevor Project, or you may want to save rhinos. Everyone has their own passions, and there are a lot of causes that you can make a difference by supporting.

When you're trying to make a difference, there are a few ways that you can approach this.

Start By Donating

Causes will require donations. Money is used for everything, from website hosting to educating the public on a certain cause. Average donation amounts are $128, but this figure is skewed by major donors.

Even $10 can make a huge difference.

Donate what you can when you can — every last penny counts for many of these causes.

Consider Volunteering

Being a volunteer for a cause that you're passionate about is one of the most fulfilling, honorable steps that you can take. Many of these causes and projects would never be able to exist without the dedication of volunteers.

These are the individuals that keep these causes up and running.

An easy way to do this is to:

  • Visit the cause's official site
  • Find the "Get Involved" or "Volunteer" page
  • Apply to be a volunteer

If you can't find any information on volunteering, you'll want to call the organization's official number or write them an email to find out how to become a volunteer.

Go To Official Events In Your City

If your city is hosting one of the cause's official events, you'll want to become a part of it. Invite all of your friends and family. Social media can help with getting word out about an event, and it's a great way for a cause to go viral.

You don't need to be spammy with your promotion of the event.

You can simply write a fast post asking friends and family to join you. You'll be surprised by how easy it will be to get others interested in a cause that you're passionate about.

Find Out How To Host An Official Event

Hosting an official event is also an option if none are being held in your area. You'll want to inquire about the requirements to host an event, if the cause will allow you to host the event in the first place.

A lot of causes are very strict on who they allow to host events.

There may be requirements that you don't meet when trying to host an event. If this is the case, what you can do is petition the cause to host an event in your area. Volunteers that have been working with the cause may have an easier time hosting the event than someone who has just gotten involved with the cause.

A lot of meeting halls or even the local library may allow you to host the event for free.

Nonprofit causes will find that a lot of businesses will offer special discounts or offers for a nonprofit.

Create A Support Website

If you're really passionate about a cause, start a new website or community to spread the word about it. Make sure that you make it clear that you're not the official site for the cause. But that doesn't mean that you can't:

  • Promote the cause
  • Lead those interested in the cause to the official website

It will cost you $10 for a domain name (or cheaper) and just a few dollars a month for VPS hosting.

Note: Make sure that you're not infringing on trademarks or copyrights when registering the domain name or creating a logo.

Spread The Word Through Merchandise

Merchandise is one of the main ways that organizations get the word out about their causes. This is why a lot of causes will provide donors with apparel. The t-shirts and other gear that are given out will allow you to spread the word about the cause you're interested in.

This means when you're going to a concert, wear the apparel.

If you plan on going to a major event, wear the cause's shirt. Why? Your contribution to getting the word out is going to help the cause raise more money. Others that see your shirt may become curious about the cause and research it or donate, too.

Talk About the Cause On Social Media

Use your social media account to spread the word about the cause. A lot of causes that fail only fail because there isn't enough traction. Even some of the world's best causes had a rough beginning, so it may be your Tweet or Facebook post that makes a difference.

Followers and friends need to be educated, but you don't want to spam them.

Don't take rejection of the cause or non-responses about the cause to heart. Instead, try to educate your followers as best as you can, but also respect that they may not agree or be as passionate about a cause as you are.

Share Latest Developments

Latest developments are going to need to be on your radar. If this is a cause you're passionate about, you'll need to know what's happening with it. Spend the time to sign up for the cause's newsletter, read their blog posts and know all of the new developments that are occurring.

Malaria, for example, is a cause that many people are passionate about. And, looking at the latest news and developments, it seems human and cattle decoys are being used to "trick" mosquitoes, and it's actually quite effective.

These developments are huge, so learn about them and share them with the world.

Follow, Comments And Share Official Accounts

Official social media accounts and profiles exist. These are the accounts and profiles that you'll want to follow and become engaged with. Comment on their posts, share their posts and accounts.

It's often these small actions that lead to big changes for the cause.

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