WHAT caused this woman to grow BLACK HAIRS on her tongue?

posted by scully - 

EWWWWW GROOSSSSSSSS   There's a case study that was just published in the "New England Journal of Medicine" about a 55-year-old woman in Missouri.She went to the hospital after she noticed that she always felt nauseated . . . she had a permanent bad taste in her mouth . . . and, oh yeah, she had a ton of LITTLE BLACK HAIRS growing on her TONGUE.

 Tthe doctors knew why it happened.  She'd had surgery recently after a serious leg injury, and she developed an infection, so she was on some hardcore antibiotics.And she had a rare reaction to one of them, and developed the black tongue hairs, which is a condition that's officially called lingua villosa nigra.  It's more or less harmless, but still.The doctors put her on different antibiotics, and four weeks later, her tongue was back to normal.

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