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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Suggest treatment for blackness in tongue

Hi My name is Carolyn, I wanted to know why my husbands tongue is turning black after he was sick. He had a sore throat and he also was throwing up. It s been about 2 days now and I never seen anything like it before. Why or should I ask what is it? Thank-You.
Thu, 6 Aug 2015
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Hi dear ,

The symptoms you mention in query can occur due to many reasons but the most common reason for this is poor oral hygiene . The bacteria can grow between the papillae, giving the tongue a black appearance. Other reasons are changes in the normal levels of yeast or bacteria in the mouth can occur after the use of certain antibiotics , mouth breathing , products containing bismuth and Sjogren’s syndrome . I would suggest you to maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing , flossing and scraping your tongue twice a day . Also avoid smoking . If condition doesn't get better in a week then consult oral pathologist for proper diagnosis and treatment .

Hope your concern has been resolved.
get well soon.
Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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