Medicine

Woman treated with antibiotics develops 'black hairy tongue'

Woman treated with antibiotics develops 'black hairy tongue'

The most common side effects associated with both antibiotics include nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

The 55-year-old, who was admitted to the hospital after injuring both her legs in a vehicle accident, developed a wound infection for which she was given the antibiotics meropenem and minocycline.

The woman made a full recovery in four weeks once doctors adjusted her medication.

The woman's condition was caused by changes in the normal bacteria or yeast content in her mouth following the antibiotic cure.

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

In the winter of 2017, Hamad diagnosed the patient with black hairy tongue about a week after she was given antibiotics for an infection.

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It is a temporary and harmless oral condition which gives the tongue a black discoloration or sometimes green, yellow or white, as well as a furry appearance. Residue from coffee, tea, and tobacco can also contribute to the dark color, according to a 2015 review in the World Journal of Gastroenterology.

If your tongue starts to look suspiciously black and hairy, he added, don't panic, and "check with your primary doctor, because some other conditions can resemble this".

It said: "Black hairy tongue is usually reversible and has no long-term sequelae as long as the precipitating agent is discontinued and the patient practices good oral hygiene". Earlier studies indicate that it can occur in 0.6% to 11.3% of the population.

Despite the name, black hairy tongue isn't hair at all.

"As scary at it is, it is actually benign", Hamad said about the medical condition.

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


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