Woman's tongue suddenly grows hairy after she was involved in a crash

The 55-year-old was rushed to hospital, where she received treatment for her wounds.

A report carried out by experts at Washington University, in Missouri, said the woman was able to reverse the effects. It affects anywhere from.06 percent to 13 percent of the population, according to official estimates and varies by region.

A case of black hairy tongue.

"I've been practicing in the USA for the last 10 years and this is literally the first case I've seen", Hamad said Thursday in a phone interview with The Washington Post.

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".

However, it can also be caused by poor oral hygiene, dry mouth, tobacco, excessive alcohol use, eating a soft diet that doesn't help rub dead skin cells from the tongue or regular use of mouthwash.

She took an antibiotic to treat her wound infections, and a week later, she noticed her tongue turned black and fuzzy and reported being nauseous and having a "bad taste in her mouth".

"It was very dramatic", Hamad said about the appearance.

It said: "Black hairy tongue is usually reversible and has no long-term sequelae as long as the precipitating agent is discontinued and the patient practices good oral hygiene".

After developing an infection, she was treated with two antibiotics: an oral dose of minocycline and meropenem given intravenously. He advised physicians to be aware of it and to be sure to pay attention to patients' mouths during examinations "so that they can recognize it".

Vanessa Coleman