Black ‘Hair’ On Your Tongue? Here’s What That Could Be

A woman developed

A woman developed"black hairy tongue after taking an antibiotic for a wound infection. This image appears in her case report

Hamad's patient, a 55-year-old woman, had gotten an antibiotic called minocycline to eradicate an wound infection after a motor vehicle accident, accordant to his report.

What exactly causes the disease black tongue experts is still unknown, but treat gassafety doctors can.

Why did a woman's tongue turn black and furry-looking after she experienced a auto crash?

Hamad told CNN that this was the first case of black hairy tongue he'd seen in 10 years of practicing medicine, but it may not be all that uncommon. The study states that the patient was treated with two antibiotics, one of which, Minocycline, belongs to a class of antibiotics that has been associated with the condition.

A week after the treatment, a black discolouration appeared on her tongue and the woman reported suffering from nausea and a bad taste in her mouth.


Hamad said he determined that Minocycline was likely the culprit so took her off the medication and he advised her to practice good oral hygiene. "Black hairy tongue is a benign condition characterized by hypertrophy and elongation of filiform papillae on the surface of the tongue, with brownish-black discoloration".

"It was the typical textbook case" of a condition known as black hairy tongue, said Hamad, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

However, "hairy black tongue" causes bad breath, so it's not a brilliant idea to leave it untreated for a long time.

However, it can also be caused by poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, tobacco, excessive alcohol use, eating a soft diet that doesn't help rub dead skin cells from the tongue or regular use of mouthwash. Anxious about her health status, the women went to the hospital and found out she got "black hairy tongue" (lingua villosa nigra).

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