On call: Black hairy tongue

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Black hairy tongue

Published: March, 2014

Q. The top of my tongue has taken on a dark brown color and a fuzzy look. I don't have a sore throat and I can taste everything, but I'm a bit worried. I am 67, and my only medications are Timoptic and Xalatan — drops for glaucoma. Can you tell me what's wrong and what to do about it?

A. It's likely that you have a condition called black hairy tongue — but it's not as bad as it sounds.

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