The doctor prescribed her an antibiotic of broad-spectrum minocycline.
The woman, 55, had been taking the antibiotic minocycline to treat an infected wound she got in a auto accident, the report says.
"It was very dramatic, the tongue was literally black". Just a weeks after the intervention, the woman noticed her tongue turned black and hairy, in appearance. Eliminating the cause and practicing good oral hygiene are often enough to resolve the issue. After switching treatments, her tongue returned to normal. According to the report, the patient had developed a bacterial infection and was treated with intravenous meropenem and oral minocycline.
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".
The accident crushed both of her legs and led her to develop a polymicrobial wound infection - an infection caused by more than one microbe, according to a case report published yesterday (Sept. 6) in The New England Journal of Medicine.
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Black hairy tongue is a harmless and temporary condition that, as the name suggests, gives the tongue a black and fuzzy appearance.
The woman was given different medication and her hair-raising symptoms went away after four weeks.
A United States woman who developed a odd black discolouration on her tongue as a side-effect of her medication has been successfully treated for the condition. "Black hairy tongue is a benign condition characterized by hypertrophy and elongation of filiform papillae on the surface of the tongue, with brownish-black discoloration".
Others include tobacco use, poor oral hygiene, and mouthwash that causes irritation, notes USA Today.
When Dr. Yasir Hamad heard that a patient's tongue had black hair on it, he decided he ought to see it for himself.