... very dark. I could not get it clean, and back to pink! I just stopped the Milk Thistle after at least 6 months of "black Tongue and my tongue is getting better and I can clean it and get most of the black particles off. What is causing this? I am now afraid to start the Milk Thistle back again. Would like your recommendation-
Though incredibly disconcerting in appearance, a black, hairy tongue is typically nothing serious. The small bumps on the surface of your tongue, called papillae, grow throughout your lifetime. In some people, the papillae become excessively long, rather than being worn down by daily activities. That makes them more likely to harbor bacteria. When these bacteria grow, they may look dark or black and the overgrown papillae appear hair-like.
This condition is not particularly common and is most likely to occur in people who do not practice good dental hygiene. People who are on antibiotics or receiving chemotherapy and people with diabetes may be more likely to have a black hairy tongue. If you were taking Milk thistle for diabetes, it may have caused this to happen or it might have just been coincidental. You might want to visit your dentist and get a good cleaning and find out what his recommendations are.
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