Hairy Tongue Questions & Answers

Updated: Feb 20, 2020
  • Author: Marc Zachary Handler, MD; Chief Editor: Jeff Burgess, DDS, MSD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What is the pathophysiology of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What causes hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What is the prevalence of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What are the racial predilections of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What are the sexual predilections of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What is the prognosis of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What should be included in patient education about hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

Which physical findings are characteristic of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What are the possible complications of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

DDX

What etiologic conditions should be considered in the diagnosis of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What are the differential diagnoses for Hairy Tongue?

Workup

What is the role of lab tests in the diagnosis of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What is the role of biopsy in the diagnosis of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

Treatment

How is hairy tongue (lingua villosa) treated?

What is the role of oral hygiene in the treatment of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What is the role of dietary modifications in the treatment of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

What is included in long-term monitoring of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of hairy tongue (lingua villosa)?

Which medications in the drug class Antifungal agents are used in the treatment of Hairy Tongue?