How to Remove Hair From Your Tongue

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Must have a hair on her tongue
Must have a hair on her tongue (Image: Photo fo Swiss cow by Eric Lumis)

If you've ever had a hair get stuck in your throat, then you know how annoying this can be. You also feel that hair long after it has passed through. A hair in the throat can cause a lot of coughing and sometimes choking. You want to get a hair off of your tongue as soon as you feel it. Read on to learn how to remove hair from your tongue.

Things You'll Need

  • Relatively clean fingers, preferably with short nails
  • Relatively clean arms
  • Mirror
  • Mouthful of water (optional)

As soon as you feel the hair on your tongue, bring a lot of saliva into your mouth and don't swallow. If your hands aren't reasonably clean, go wash them.

Concentrate to feel exactly where that hair is on your tongue.

Stick your tongue out as far as you comfortably can.

Use the fingers of your dominant hand to try and pluck the hair off, lightly scraping your tongue with a fingernail if you have to.

If that doesn't help, lick your arms. This often dislodges the hair and leaves it onto your arms.

If that doesn't help, go to a mirror and try to locate the hair on your tongue to pluck off.

If the hair is still there, try rinsing your mouth, but spit, don't swallow.

Tips & Warnings

  • For some reason, licking your arms works better at getting rid of that annoying hair rather than rinsing your mouth out.
  • You can try spitting the hair out, but generally that doesn't work, because the hair is too stuck in your mouth and tongue. Spitting is actually less socially acceptable than licking your arms.
  • Avoid using hand sanitizer if you can possibly help it. It makes your fingers taste horrible.
  • Don't worry about looking silly--any onlookers are not the one who face a choking hazard.

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