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Hairy Tongue: Abnormal sensation where the tongue feels hairy or furry. See detailed information below for a list of 9 causes of Hairy Tongue, Symptom Checker, including diseases and drug side effect causes.
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A benign condition of the tongue characterized by hypertrophy of the filiform papillae that give the dorsum of the tongue a furry appearance. The color of the elongated papillae varies from yellowish white to brown or black, depending upon staining by substances such as tobacco, food, or drugs. (Dorland, 27th ed)
- (Source - Diseases Database)
A benign side effect of some antibiotics; dark overgrowth of the papillae of the tongue
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)
Hairy Tongue is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Hairy Tongue, or a subtype of Hairy Tongue,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
- (Source - National Institute of Health)
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Subtypes of Hairy Tongue:
Black hairy tongue (4 causes)
Medical Conditions associated with Hairy Tongue:
Tongue symptoms (430 causes), Hair symptoms (838 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Mouth symptoms (6864 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes), Respiratory symptoms (5166 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Breathing symptoms (3381 causes), Breath symptoms (3023 causes), Scalp symptoms (639 causes)
Symptoms related to Hairy Tongue:
Tongue pain, Taste symptoms (94 causes), Tongue rash (5 causes), Tongue itch (3 causes), Poor oral hygiene, Therapeutic radiation, Glossopyrosis, Burning tongue, Candida albicans, Halitosis (89 causes), Hypertrophy of filiform papillae, Tobacco use, Coffee drinking, Tea drinking
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