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Black Tongue Overview

What is black tongue?
A person with black tongue has black discoloration of the tongue, caused by a food or medicine.

What are the symptoms of black tongue?
The surface of the tongue is black and may be slightly swollen.

How does the doctor treat black tongue?
Treatment for black tongue includes using a tongue scraper, brushing the tongue with baking soda, and vitamin B supplements.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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