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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What is the remedy for hairy tongue?

Good afternoon, Please I am wondering if there are any recommendations for locally treating hairy tongue in a baby less than 6 weeks. I mean any special brushes or something. I am in oral medicine specialty and I know that though it may habour some fungal growth, antifungals would not debride the hairy tongue
Mon, 24 Feb 2014
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Thanks for your query.
Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to treat black hairy tongue. Gently clean his mouth twice a day with a soft cloth. Also, clean his tongue. Keep his mouth clean. Go to doctor or dentist if the problem doesn't get better on its own. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics or an antifungal drug to get rid of the bacteria or yeast. Topical medications, are also sometimes prescribed.
I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
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