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What to do if your tongue turns black

If you wake up in the morning, and you happen to stick your tongue out at the mirror and it is pitch black,don't panic. Hyperventilating and running around the house screaming doesn't help either. Trust me, I know.

When I woke up this morning my tongue was black. I must say that you could color me every shade of surprised, including black. It didn't hurt, and everything tasted the way it should, so I wouldn't have noticed at all if I hadn't stuck my tongue out when I looked in the mirror this morning.

I must say that it certainly startled me. Once I got over the shock, I checked the bottom of my tongue and the rest of my mouth as well. Everything else was in the pink. With a vigorous brushing of my teeth and tongue, the black coating came right off, leaving my usual pink oral appendage.

Truthfully, at the time, I couldn't remember eating or drinking anything that could have caused it. I ate a Patty melt and French fries last night, preceded by a delicious bowl of Chicken Tortilla soup, took my pills with a small glass of soy nog and poured myself into bed. All of which were usual behaviors, with no difference in diet or routine.

When I got to work, I pulled up WebMD on the internet and plugged "Black tongue" into the search engine. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the condition would not kill me. It turns out that I had forgotten one little thing about last night.

Around midnight, I got up with a serious case of some rabid gopher tearing it's way through my digestive tract. I knew the patty melt and french fries would come back to bite me, but I didn't think that it would happen until some time the next morning.

As I staggered from the bathroom, through the kitchen, on my way back to bed, I made a pit stop at the medicine chest and fed myself a peptobismol tablet, in an attempt to poison the little bastard so that it would let me get some sleep.

Yep, you guessed it. The Bismuth in the peptobismol reacted with the noxious nighttime chemistry of my mouth and turned my tongue black. If it had ever happened before, I certainly had never noticed, but now that I am aware, I probably won't hyperventilate, or try to remember if I have seen this in an episode of House before some poor soul kicks the bucket.

So, how was your day?


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Dec. 25th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)

Jul. 3rd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the valuable information!!! =D
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Single Kontakt aus Berlin

Am I my brother’s keeper?
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
Re: Single Kontakt aus Berlin
only if you are my Brother.
Jan. 21st, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks that really helped me out if only I could get to know you better
Jan. 28th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh my god thank you so much!!! I had a peptobismol chewing tablet last night too, and then when I woke up I walked into the bathroom and was about to brush my teeth when I saw my completely black tongue in the mirror and started freaking out. Again, thank you<3
Apr. 7th, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, thank you do much for posting this! I had pepto bismol last night too and my tongue was all black today! If only I read this sooner, then maybe I wouldnt have freaked out :0
Jul. 23rd, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)
This just happened to me
Sep. 1st, 2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, thanks! you solved my mystery.
Sep. 8th, 2012 06:41 am (UTC)
Thank you it's 3 am I was worried
Sep. 12th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, very shocking never heard before condition. My experience is exactly as you described. Pepto bismal tablet? Who would have guessed.
Nov. 15th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
Holy crap! I did the same thing and just read this then recalled I are a chewable pepto last night!!!
Thank u!!!
Nov. 25th, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
LOL......my day was great....UNTIL....I looked in the mirror and found...yep, you guessed it.....a BLACK tongue!!! and of course I had taken some pepto bismal chewable pills last night because I too had a diseased gopher eating away at my stomach and wanted to kill him!!! So thank you for the verification that I am okay but I had already run through the house screaming and knew I was just going to die soooon!!!lol....thanks for the post...helped so much....have a great day!
Nov. 26th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
I also took pepto before bed. And woke up scared crazy. I asked hubby to stick out his tongue and yes he thought I was crazy because we had the same thing to eat and he was pink. I had to think what I did he didnt do lol. And the pepto was it. Thanks for the info.
Dec. 4th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
this morning i woke up and my tongue was black so i brushed my teeth and my tongue turned a little pink then i whated a while ate brecfast i drunk some hot coca a couple hours later i was as good as new
Dec. 6th, 2012 11:00 am (UTC)
That happen to me last night.woke with a black tongue the..bismuth did it glad. To know...:)
May. 22nd, 2013 12:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you guys...same experience....same fear of death...same thoughts going around in my mind as to what black thing did I ate at night....adding to the terror was the fact that I have been struggling with throat infection for a couple of days and when i saw my black tongue this morning...I thought ..this is it...I had a great life..and now its time to go..I started thinking what good or bad I had done in my life etc.... But then, i thought ...let me at least check on net what it is and I stumbled upon this :-)..... Thank you guys...it made me realize how important is life and how easily we ignore our health under the excuse of no time... Thanks once again to let me know its not an end and I can still continue:-)...Wish you all good health
Sep. 3rd, 2016 11:03 pm (UTC)
Happen to me this morning scared me two death i thought the virus was coming through my mouth lol
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