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Can hairy oral leukoplakia be caused by birth control?

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Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry 45 years experience
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.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Can hairy oral leukoplakia be caused by birth control pills?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
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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