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Dr. Joy Jackson
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I have black spots on my tongue what should I do ? It's not hair on my tongue and it doesn't hurt or any it's just annoying to look at I have no clue what to do please help with a treatment method ...….. Thanks

Dr. Joy Jackson
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Black : Black spots on the tongue are usually harmless and are more common in people of color. On the other hand, there is a condition called hairy tongue. This is caused by taking certain medications (i.e. Antibiotics) certain vitamin deficiencies, and smoking. Regardless you should be seen by your primary care provider in order to make a diagnosis, and discuss treatment options if applicable. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Hayner
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I have black spots on my tongue that are not painful that i've just found.....But i also found 2 dark spots on my thighs that look like bruises?

Dr. Christopher Hayner
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I have black spots on my tongue that are not painful that i've just found.....But i also found 2 dark spots on my thighs that look like bruises?

See dentist or ent: Could very well be stained papilla, but if its actually bruising or discoloration of the tongue, it may be a early sign of some underlying systemic condition. Could be benign, but could also be serious. Conditions usually present themselves in the oral cavity early in the progression and can be treated accordingly. Would seek professional eval. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Asseff
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I was born with black spots on my tongue. Can you tell me what it means?

Dr. Pamela Asseff
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I was born with black spots on my tongue.  Can you tell me what it means?

Pigmentation: The usual culprit for black spots on the tongue include excess pigmentation. Also this can occur after trauma or piercing. Cancer can also cause this however if you were born with this, i would think cancer highly unlikely! ...Read more

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Dr. James Beck
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What does black spots on baby tongue mean?

Dr. James Beck
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What does black spots on baby tongue mean?

Normal pigmentation?: How long have the bumps been there? Did they suddenly pop up? If so, could be an infection...See the dentist. If they have been there since birth, probably just normal pigmentation and nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Dr. Kayvon Javid
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Why does tongue have black spots?

Dr. Kayvon Javid
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Why does tongue have black spots?

See below: It is very difficult to diagnose with out a clinical exam. See a dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Dr. John Rhoades
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My baby is 11 weeks old and I have noticed he has black spots on side of his tongue he's is also teething could this have an effect ?

Dr. John Rhoades
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My baby is 11 weeks old and I have noticed he has black spots on side of his tongue he's is also teething could this have an effect ?

Not from teething: This should not be from teething. An exam is necessary to find the etiology of the black spots on the tongue. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Are tiny black spots on the tip of your tongue just birthmarks or something else?

Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Varies: Based on ethnicity, they could be melanin discoloration. If not swollen or painful, you could see a dentist to satisfy curiousity. ...Read more

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Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
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Burned my tongue last night . Now its red with some black spots . I'm freaking out it is cancer?

Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
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Burned my tongue last night . Now its red with some black spots . 
I'm freaking out it is cancer?

Glossitis: Not cancer. Goes away on it's own in 10 days. Check this link. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001053.htm If you have any further queries click this --> https://www.healthtap.com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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Dr. Nadia Ghattas
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My son has black spots on his tongue and every time I feed him. He throws the milk back up. But he acts normal?

Dr. Nadia Ghattas
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My son has black spots on his tongue and every time I feed him.  He throws the milk back up.  But he acts normal?

Vomiting: How old is your baby? Dark spots on the tongue could be from iron in his vitamin suppliment. I'm more concerned about his vomiting after each feeding. Please speak to his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Ihave black spots under my tongue and i smoke also but not heavely very quit so should I do should I show this to a doctor or what test should I do?

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Ihave black spots under my tongue and i smoke also but not heavely very quit  so  should I do should I show this to a doctor or what test should I do?

See an oral surgeon: After examining your lesions, you will be told what they might be and if further tests are indicated. They may or may not be related to your smoking, and if they were, quitting will not make them disappear. ...Read more

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