Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tongue Tied

E.V. Day, Untitled, 2005
E.V. Day, Untitled, 2005, abalone, raccoon jaw and tongue with mother of pearl and resin



E.V. Day, Untitled, 2005
E.V. Day, Untitled, 2005, clam shell, fox tongue, fresh water pearl and resin



These interesting sculptures by E.V. Day are reminding me of a particularly gross story from long ago.

A family friend named Verne had a rather bizarre condition, one called Black Hairy Tongue. Fortunately (or unfortunately?!) I was never able to personally see evidence of said condition. 

Yes, this is a real condition.  Here is info listed on Wikipedia:


Black hairy tongue (in Latin, lingua villosa nigra) is the lengthening of papillae which are bumps on the surface of the tongue. Usually the ends of the papillae get rubbed away by food but sometimes they grow much longer than normal, making the tongue look furry. The extra tissue can get stained by food or tobacco and become yellowish brown or black.

Even though it may appear alarming, black hairy tongue itself is harmless (although it is thought to be linked to the development of thrush). This condition does not involve any type of bacteria or fungi and generally resolves on its own; the recommended treatment is to brush the tongue with a soft toothbrush twice per day. Black hairy tongue is listed as a possible side effect while taking the antibiotic penicillin, and certain vitamins. It is also a side effect of bulimia.

A similar condition can occur within 24 hours after taking Pepto-Bismol, especially chewable tablets, caused by a chemical reaction. It is short-lasting in duration, but may initially cause alarm.


I won't post pics of this nastiness, but you can click here if you would like to see a picture.

Oh hell.  I have to post a picture.

black hairy tongue

!!!!!!!   HURL   !!!!!!!

19 comments:

Mandy_Fish said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Jen said...

K- You've officially grossed me RIGHT THE FUCK OUT!! Animal tongues? Seriously?

kathy @ vodka and soda said...

i was about to eat a snack before i saw that gross picture. thanks for saving me some extra calories

Trissta {Living on the Chic} said...

Oh sick mother of fish. That's gross. Seriously.

Much (kinda not so much after that post.. JK) love,

Trissta

Claire Kiefer said...

OMG SCARRED FOR LIFE!!!!!

But I will forgive you because I saw a worse image yesterday when I was googling kitten parasites. It's been haunting me!!

Maegan Tintari said...

EEEEEEEEEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

Penicillin?? Vitamins?? What??!

cerebral e said...

Being a nerd, I'm all, "Meh, better black hairy tongue than hairy leukoplakia" (white hairy tongue associated with immunodeficiency).

diane said...

I knew by your post title that I was in for something icky today, blechhh.
Not boring stuff, certainly not another overly girly blog.
Have a nice day honey, we got snow early this morning, btw.

Tia said...

BAHHHHHHH!! I will never forgive for that! You don't just spring a moldy tongue on someone!! Seriously, I bet Verne never got laid.

ZeldaMom said...

Eeeewww, but kind of cool!!

ZeldaMom said...

Eeeewww, but kind of cool!!

ZeldaMom said...

Eeeewww, but kind of cool!!

ZeldaMom said...

Eeeewww, but kind of cool!!

ZeldaMom said...

Eeeewww, but kind of cool!!

ZeldaMom said...

Eeeewww, but kind of cool!!

melifaif said...

Everything about this post is disgusting!!!! You are one twisted, sick b*tch....and I LOVE YOU~!!! :)

Kathryn said...

Not sure why, but anything with a disembodies (or gross looking) tongue have a huge hurl factor for me.

Emily said...

Okay, is it crazy that I want one of those tongue scupltures in my house? I think they're the most bizarre (and totally awesome) thing I've seen in ages.

May the force be with you.
Emily