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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Hairy Leukoplakia

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Can a yeast infection cause Oral hairy Leukoplakia?

Can a yeast infection cause Oral hairy Leukoplakia?

Not likely: It may resemble thrush, but the patches are usually softer than leukoplakia patches. If a patch looks suspicious, your dentist will do a biopsy for definitive diagnosis. Hairy leukoplakia can appear in people whose immune system is not working well. ...Read more

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Leukoplakia (Definition)

White, thick patches on the oral mucosa due to hyperkeratosis of the epithelium, producing favorable conditions for development of epidermoid carcinoma; often occurring on the cheeks (l. Bucca´lis), ...Read more


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Help! what can be causing my hairy leukoplakia?

Help! what can be causing my hairy leukoplakia?

Hairy Leukoplakia: Primary cause may be epstein-barr virus (ebv), although excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, chewing tobacco, chronic irritation, combination of these factors may play a role. I hope you are seeing an oral surgeon for evaluation, monitoring and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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What could the cause of my oral hairy leukoplakia?

What could the cause of my oral hairy leukoplakia?

Concerns: Oral hairy leukoplakia can be associated with the epstein-barr virus, and is a common finding in patients with hiv. The lateral border of the tongue affected most commonly. Have an HIV test. There are other "hairy tongue" diseases, so rule out oral cancer, yeast infection as well. ...Read more

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Can you get thrush or oral hairy leukoplakia just from common EBV or does there HAVE to be a major condition associated that causes it? I'm scared

Can you get thrush or oral hairy leukoplakia just from common EBV or does there HAVE to be a major condition associated that causes it? I'm scared

Unrelated to EBV: Oral thrush, the overgrowth of candida albicans in the mouth, results when the host immune system can’t maintain its natural defense against the fungus always present in small numbers. Normally, the immune system depends on the common oral microorganisms to keep Candida under control. Use of antibiotics, or infection with HIV can result in thrush. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a hairy leukoplakia?

How can I tell if I have a hairy leukoplakia?

Oral Medicine Dentis: Hairy leukoplakia is associated with advanced hiv, but is rarely seen now when patients are treated with anti-retroviral therapy. Oral candida, with white patches on the tongue and oral mucosa, as a similar appearance, but can be scraped off. Dry mouth can lead to white hairy tongue. A number of other lesions have white appearances and should be evaluated by a qualified dentist. ...Read more

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How are leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia different?

Different: Hlp is a variant of leukoplakia and is seen in HIV positive people. Leukoplakia is caused by the epstein barr virus. ...Read more

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What the difference is in leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

What the difference is in leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

Tongue lesions: Hairy leukoplakia is "hairy" in nature, caused by virus and has an underlying disease like hiv. It can not be rubbed off. Leukoplakia is a white lesion that can be many different things. The lesion should be biopsied. ...Read more

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What is the difference between leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

What is the difference between leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

White area & tongue: Leukoplakia means white plaque or patch. It can occur any where in the mouth. Hairy leukoplakia is specific to the fuzzy areas on the tongue and can be due to many things. ...Read more

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What are the early stages of oral hairy leukoplakia?

What are the early stages of oral hairy leukoplakia?

Hairy leukoplakia: Hairy leukoplakia is a white patch that develops on the tongue or inside of the mouth that cannot be wiped away. It is called "hairy" because it is fuzzy looking, having folds or ridges. It is often mistaken for oral thrush hairy leukoplakia is usually seen in people with depressed immune systems such as hiv/aids. ...Read more

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Does having hairy leukoplakia means you have hiv?

Does having hairy leukoplakia means you have hiv?

Not always: Most cases of hairy leukoplakia are reported in HIV patients and is related to ebv infection. However, it has also been reported in patients without hiv. Patients with immune compromise (post-transplant) or autoimmune problems may develop hairy leukoplakia. ...Read more

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If I have hairy leukoplakia does that mean I have hiv?

If I have hairy leukoplakia does that mean I have hiv?

No: No, but if you truly have oral hairy leukoplakia (and not just a white coated tongue), then you should be tested for hiv. Then again, everyone should be tested for hiv. ...Read more

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What to do if I have what appears to be hairy leukoplakia, but tested negative for hiv?

What to do if I have what appears to be hairy leukoplakia, but tested negative for hiv?

White patch: Leukoplakia is a condition seen in the oral cavity where white patches form on the oral mucosa and the hairy form most often on the tongue. Most often associated with EBV virus and not the HPV causing squamous Ca. In the oral cavity it is most often benign but still should be checked periodically ...Read more

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Can I have oral hairy leukoplakia without hiv?

Yes: Hairy leukoplakia is often seen in association with HIV infection but it is not specific vfor HIV. Get checked for both. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between thrush or hairy leukoplakia?

How can you tell the difference between thrush or hairy leukoplakia?

Thrush is wipable: Thrush is another term for oral candidiasis. It is essentially a fungal infection of common oral microbe and is easily cured with antifungal medicines or troches (dissolvable tabs). Hairy leukoplakia is caused by a viral infection (epstein-barr virus) and usually occurs in immunocompromised patients. Thrush can occur also in these patents or patients who chronically take antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can someone with a multiple sclerosis also show a symptom of hairy leukoplakia?

Can someone with a multiple sclerosis also show a symptom of hairy leukoplakia?

Comorbidities: Many disorders can coexist with multiple sclerosis, but that does not mean the ms causes or promotes these and hairy leukoplakia is not seen with the vast majority of ms drugs. ...Read more

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Is oral hairy leukoplakia death sign of hiv? I'm scared and want to know if there is any possibility to have OHL without hiv

Is oral hairy leukoplakia death sign of hiv? I'm scared and want to know if there is any possibility to have OHL without hiv

Probably not OHL: I think you've been reading too much information on the internet, without real understanding. Several things that can cause various marks on the tongue in addition to hairy leukoplakia. Without HIV, OHL is a minor condition. Even with HIV, it's definitely not a "death sign". HIV is rare in 19 year olds in the US. even w/ at "hi risk. See doctor or dentist, and expect a reassuring response. ...Read more

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