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Q. Is there any treatment for a black hairy tongue?

Answered by
Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 04, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jun 11, 2021

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 yellow precedes before the black and hairy part. I have attached a photo of my tongue. What can I do to remove and prevent this? Can the black hairy tongue be treated?

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 hairy tongue, but get it confirmed through laboratory tests also. Consult an oral pathologist as early as possible for the confirmation, follow his or her guidance for the treatment.
  • Meanwhile, please try the following:
  1. Maintain tongue hygiene by brushing it twice daily for two minutes with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper by making gentle movements over the affected area.
  2. Stop all habits like smoking, tobacco, etc., if any.
  3. Gargle after every meal.

For further queries consult a dentist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dentist


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