A 34-year-old member asked:
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can hairy oral leukoplakia be caused by birth control?

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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
44 years experience Dentistry
No.: Hairy leukoplakia represents an opportunistic ebv (epstein-barr virus) infection as a result of a suppressed immune system, as may occur in HIV infection. It typically manifests as a white plaque on the side of the tongue. Use of contraceptives is unrelated to oral hairy leukoplakia.
Answered on Jan 24, 2015
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Dr. Daniel Sampson
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Unlikely: This would be unlikely.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
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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Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Probably not: Leukoplakia is usually caused by a chronic irritation, physical or chemical. Chemical causes are usually related to tobacco use.
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Dr. steven Present
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EBV: Hairy leukoplakia is associated with epstein-barr viral infection. In many cases the patient has a defect in their immune system.
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