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can hairy oral leukoplakia be caused by birth control pills?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Probably not: Leukoplakia is usually caused by a chronic irritation, physical or chemical. Chemical causes are usually related to tobacco use.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Richard Ruden
37 years experience Dentistry
No: Hairy leukoplakia, sometimes called oral hairy leukoplakia, results from infection with the epstein-barr virus (ebv). Once you've been infected with ebv, the virus remains in your body for life. Normally, the virus is dormant, but if your immune system is weakened, either from disease or certain medications, the virus can become reactivated, leading to conditions such as hairy leukoplakia.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Douglas Tavenner, jr.
49 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Reference Site: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002041/.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016

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