Symptoms: Feeling of discomfort due to presence of hair on the tongue. Due to growth of fungi it causes burning sensation called glossopyrosis. Some even feel tickling on the roof, nausea, metallic taste and even bad breath.
Treatment: Maintenance of proper oral hygiene by brushing twice a day. Drinking plenty of water and taking roughage food.
Among men, 13,2% had hairy tongue while in women the prevalence was 4,8% (p<0,0001). Among men the prevalence increased from 7,5% in the age group 20-29 to 19,1% in the oldest age group, (p<0,0001). After adjusting for age, the parameters education, occupation and complaints upon referral had little influence on the prevalence of patients with hairy tongue. Among smoking men 23,3% had hairy tongue as compared to non-smokers with only 8,3% (p< 0,001). Among patients with leukoedema 17,3% had hairy tongue as opposed to 7.6% among patients without leukoedema (p=0,014). Hairy tongue did not show any significant association with the general diseases registered in this study, nor with medication history.