Woman on antibiotics develops a 'black hairy tongue' in freakish medical case

Henrietta Strickland
September 10, 2018

Its registered experts from Washington University (St. Louis, USA).

Reports have it that a 55-year-old woman recently suffered from "black hairy tongue" after a auto accident which left both of her legs crushed. In the U.S. alone, according to the American Academy of Oral Medicine, 13 percent of the population suffered from at least one variety of this illness during their lifetime.

"I've been practicing in the USA for the last 10 years and this is literally the first case I've seen", Hamad said Thursday in a phone interview with The Washington Post.

Luckily black hairy tongue is both preventable and resolvable with improved oral hygiene.

However, within a week after starting the treatment, the woman reported experiencing nausea and having a bad taste in her mouth. These bumps, called filiform papillae, unlike other kinds of papillae on the tongue, do not contain taste buds, according to the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. While these conditions may not always be specifically determined, some possible causes include poor oral hygiene, excessive alcohol use, tobacco use, dry mouth, excessive consumption of coffee or black tea, antibiotic use, consuming a soft diet, and regularly using mouthwash with oxidizing agents such as peroxide. In images showing a case of black hairy tongue, the condition looks as though small hairs sit on top of the person's tongue.

"It was very dramatic", Hamad said about the appearance.

After a vehicle crash that caused her severe leg injuries, a woman from the U.S. got an infection tackled by doctors with minocycline and other drugs, as well. Doctors advised her to continue practicing good oral hygiene.

To treat the infection, doctors started her on two separate antibiotics: meropenem and minocycline. Within several weeks, he said, it cleared up. "It doesn't cause any health problems and it is reversible".

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