Hairy Tongue

Hairy tongue is a condition where there is an abnormal coating on the tongue due to the absence of shedding of filiform papillae. This results in a dark appearance on the tongue. It is usually caused due to poor oral hygiene, certain medications, tobacco chewing, and dry mouth. It is usually temporary and harmless. Brushing the tongue and maintenance of proper oral hygiene helps to reduce it.

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Why do I have black spots on my tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having black spots on the tongue. What might be the cause for it?  Read Full »

Dr. Subha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Black spots on the tongue might be due to: Hyperpigmentation of the tongue (present since birth) for which you need not worry. Exposure to any chemicals. Tongue piercing. Scar due to any oral surgical procedures. An initial stage of a condition called hairy to...  Read Full »

How to treat a black hairy tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, A few weeks ago I noticed that my tongue had patchy green areas. However, it has now turned into more of a yellow color, more so in the back than the front. Brushing the tongue seems to remove the yellow, but then it comes back. I am very scared of the black hairy tongue, and I read that...  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and I understand your concern. As your tongue has turned yellow and black from green in the front part, it is a typical feature of a hairy tongue. Clinically it looks like a h...  Read Full »

Why am I getting some sensation of hair strand in my tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a feeling of hair present in my tongue or back of my mouth for the past few days. It drives me mad. My wife tried to look for a strand of hair and she could not find anything. Kindly advice.   Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayankutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly follow this advice. Check the back of your tongue in a mirror using a flashlight to view the area properly. You need to look for discolorations and plaques. You can check your tonsils for signs of inflammation including redness and enlargements in tonsil size...  Read Full »

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