55-year-old woman gets Black Hairy Tongue after Car Crash!

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

The doctor prescribed her an antibiotic of broad-spectrum minocycline.

Luckily, black hairy tongue, or lingua villosa nigra, is typically painless and temporary. Eliminating the cause and practicing good oral hygiene are often enough to resolve the issue.

The 55-year-old woman from the U.S. was admitted to hospital after sustaining a severe crush injury to both legs, according to a case report by the New England Journal of Medicine.

The woman began reporting feeling nauseous and that she had a bad taste in her mouth.

Even though it's a very weird medical condition, the so-called black hairy tongue is quite common across the world.

After developing an infection, she was treated with two antibiotics: an oral dose of minocycline and meropenem given intravenously.

"In this patient, minocyline was discontinued, and an alternate atimicrobal regimen was started".

"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.

Black hairy tongue is usually reversible, provided the root cause is identified and steps are taken to address it.

The woman's doctors adjusted her medications, and after four weeks without minocycline, her tongue returned to its normal state, the report concluded.

Apart from the obvious discoloration and hairy appearance of the tongue, people with black hairy tongue may experience altered or metallic taste in the mouth, halitosis or bad breath, and a gagging or tickling sensation if the papillae growth is excessive.

Black hairy tongue could be caused by a number of factors including certain medications, tobacco use, irritating mouthwashes or poor oral hygiene.

When Dr. Yasir Hamad heard that a patient's tongue had turned black, he decided he needed to see it for himself.

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