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Causes Of Oral 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Leukoplakia: Leukoplakia is white patches in the mouth on the cheeks or tongue. It is often caused by irritation from rough fillings or ill-fitting dentures. It is also caused by chewing tobacco and snuff. Removeal of the irritation will usually cause the patches to disappear. However, they should be biopsied because they may be the start of oral cancer and need to be treated as such. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thanks for asking!: Leukoplakia is a general term given to a white looking patch in the mouth. You cannot make a definitive diagnosis without a biopsy. Many oral lesions may look white but have different microscopic diagnoses. Most leukoplakia do not cause symptoms. However if they are symptomatic a biopsy may be indicated. You should consult an oral surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not so easy: Leukoplakia may appear stuck on the mucosal surface but it is deeply attached, so it can not be wiped out. But it can be treated by your doctor. Go see a head and neck surgeon who may use medical or surgical treatments to control/remove it as it is a precancerous condition. You also need to remove the cause ?Tobacco chewing or smoking, typically. ...Read more
Been told it usually takes decades of smoking before problems begin. So does that make it highly unlikely to have oral leukoplakia by 25? 4 pack years
Told wrong...: It is an individual variable as how long your body can resist damage from exposure to toxins/poisons. There are known cases of oral cancer and death resulting from only a few years of tobacco use. Why take the risk to see what your body will tolerate? See: http://whyquit.com/whyquit/A_Gruen.html ...Read more
Can oral leukoplakia be scrapped off? If im able to scrap it off then is it oral leukoplakia? Not red or discolored underneath. Side under tongue
If a dentist noticed oral leukoplakia would they 100 percent tell you? Ive had white film on my tongue for years but go to dentist every 6 months
We hope so: White film on tongue is white film on tongue, not likely to be leukoplakia. You should be able to scrape or brush this off with floss, tongue scraper or brush (stick tongue out, place whatever on tongue near back and then pull tongue back in mouth). Leukoplakia will not wipe/scrape off and looks more like white adherent skin - think what a callous looks like after swimming. See Dentist if needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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