im a 17 year old boy to start off. My problem is my tounge. My tounge has dark spots on it. Out of the ordinary. My taste buds are turning black, but very few of them are and it is not noticable at all. I dont know if it is Cancer or something. anyone have any idea what this is? Sorry, i got no $$ for the Docs, so i cant see them.
You had better find some money for a Dr. because that is totally abnormal...I have heard that when you have HIV you will get black stuff on your tongue...so go to a public health dept. and get checked PRONTO!!!!
Get on line and check out a condition called Black Hairy Tongue (sounds ridiculous but is a real condition) Its cause is unknown but the medical profession puts it down to fungus and many other causes (HIV is in there but usually you would know you had HIV along time before the tongue showed signs). Hairy Tongue can cause a dry mouth and bad breath but generally not a great deal of discomfort. Take SunShine3's advice and at least go to a public health department and get this checked out. It's important that you have you tongue looked at by a doctor. I know what a pain tongue problems can be, I've been suffering with a burning sensation on my tonuge for months and at least 5 doctors are stumped as to what is causing it. Please post back your progress.
When I was in my early twenties...I was sick with the stomach flu, sore throat, the works. I went to the mirror and examined myself and saw that my toungue was also black. I began to freak out, until I realized that it scraped right off. I later realized that it was totally from Pepto Bismol!!!
I felt pretty silly, yet recently my own son, came up to me with a worried look on his face...he too had discovered that HE had a black toungue...Pepto again.
Oh yes, i forgot to mention that i dont have HIV/AIDS and my tounge gets no pain at all. Except sometimes i'd get some moderate-bad dry mouth, i drink like 6-7 cups of water per day. Strange. And another thing, none of the hary looking parts are brown, just a few taste buds (the round red/pink domes)
My mum had the same thing wrong with her. She said the first thing that helped her get rid of it was drinking hot water with lemon and ginger every morning and occassionally washing her mouth out with warm salty water. (but that may be an old wives tale.)