Doctors inadvertently give their patient 'black hairy tongue'

Granted drug-resistant superbugs are a worry, but this antibiotic after-effect will be sure to leave a bad taste in patients' mouths

Just in case you needed another reason to stop overusing antibiotics, enter 'black hairy tongue'.

Hair tongue

The bizarre — and not to mention dry-heave-inducing — condition was reported in a woman admitted to hospital after being injured in a car accident.

The 55-year-old developed a wound infection and was treated with IV meropenem and oral minocycline, according to the case report published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

But within a week of treatment, the patient’s tongue had begun to turn black, she felt nauseated and