As per a report published recently, a rare medical condition called BHT (Black Hairy Tongue) has surfaced. This case saw the light of the day when a person paid a visit to dermatology clinic after his tongue’s top got coated with hairlike fibers. Jama Dermatology, on March 9, did release a report mentioning that the person mentioned above was diagnosed with lingua villosa nigra (in the layman’s language – BHT).
When was BHT diagnosed?
This person, 3 months prior to the diagnosis, did encounter a stroke resulting in his left side getting paralysed. Thereafter, he was strictly put on a diet comprising liquids and pureed food. 2.5 months later, the caretakers did notice black pigmentation on his tongue. Further investigation revealed that the black coating consisted of thin, long fibers with yellow-colored, bright deposits like the food particles trapped therein.
The healthcare personnel then extracted mucus samples from tongue for checking for abnormal fungal or bacterial growth, but nothing of that sort was found therein. Mayo Clinic does mention that though black, hairy tongue does sound glaring, but it turns out to be painless in majority of cases. It could be treated by getting away with probable cases and also practising proper oral hygiene.
Cleveland Clinic states that BHT could result out of improper oral hygiene or intake of soft foods as abrasion and stimulation of the tongue’s top is helping the shedding process. It further states that an excessive intake of tobacco, tea, coffee, or alcohol, coupled with radiation treatment, certain medications, dryness in mouth, and certain types of mouthwash could also be the reasons behind BHT.
Oral Cleanliness Mandatory
As per the medical practitioners, everything boils down to personal hygiene, especially the oral one. Regular cleansing definitely helps in keeping these ailments at bay. In other words, it’s high time one gets back to one’s basics. It has been observed that sedentary lifestyle has spoiled the equilibrium related to health. People have literally lost out on discipline pertaining to health. They do not practice any fixed eating habits and end up brushing the teeth at any time of the day. At times, they do not even remember when was the last they practised oral hygiene.
It took close to 20 days for the discoloration to get resolved (regarding the person mentioned above). Though this person isn’t a part of Gen Z and one of the after-effects of paralysis was this unwanted hair growth, the ultimate solution advised was “apt proper hygiene” only. What if the norm of “Prevention is better than Cure” is followed? Why to get into something that would turn out to be horrendous later? Isn’t it a better option to be safe than sorry?
On the other hand, if at all, this hairy growth is seen on the hair, the person affected need not panic. He/she could get treated and take precautions after getting cured completely.
So, what say? “Cure” or “Prevention”? Though the second thing is feasible, curing after getting it isn’t much of the tedious process.