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I have leukoplakia. How can treat it?

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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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How can I treat leukoplakia buccal mucosa?

How can I treat leukoplakia buccal mucosa?

Proper diagnosis : leukoplakia is a white or gray patch that develops in tongue, cheek or floor of mouth. A biopsy will properly diagnose and determining and eliminating the cause( irritation bitting, smoking, drugs, alcohol) most likely observation is done where lesion can disappear after several weeks. If biopsy is positive then surgical removal might be necessary. ...Read more

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What should I do to treat leukoplakia buccal mucosa?

What should I do to treat leukoplakia buccal mucosa?

Remove the cause: Leukoplakia is the white patch that will not wipe off, an indication of epithelial change or thickening. When turn to red, it becomes erythroplakia and then leads to acanthosis and carcinoma in situ. Smoking, excess alcohol that irritates the mucosa are some example of the cause. Remove the cause will definitely help. ...Read more

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Non-smoker with leukoplakia in bucal mucosa. Never had before. Lasted 3 months, gone now. Treated with dental paste. Left 2 circular scars. Normal?

Non-smoker with leukoplakia in bucal mucosa. Never had before. Lasted 3 months, gone now. Treated with dental paste. Left 2 circular scars. Normal?

Oral Surgeon consult: Since we didn't see, diagnose or biopsy the site in question and since we can't know for sure what was in that "dental paste", the only thing that we can do is suggest that you see an oral surgeon for an evaluation and advice. ...Read more

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Have had white area on tongue for abt 1 year. No changes. Do I have to treat leukoplakia or can I leave it? Is an annual oral cancer screening enuf?

Get it checked: I'd recommend you defer to recommendation of a oral surgeon that knows his stuff. They'd prob want biopsy of some sort before feeling comfortable to watch it. I'd take lots of pics. ...Read more

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What is leukoplakia?

What is leukoplakia?

White patch: Leukoplakia is a medical term for a flat white lesion on the mucous membranes of the mouth (but possibly elsewhere also). They are not easily scraped off. They can arise from numerous sources, including irritation. It is not a specific disease, but an observable condition. Sometimes they are thought of as "pre-cancerous" and so it is important to have a biopsy done. ...Read more

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Is leukoplakia lethal?

Not by itself: By itself leukoplakia is not lethal. In many cases it can lead to oral cancer which needs to be treated early and appropriately. Oral cancers can prove to be lethal down the road, especially if they recur or spread. ...Read more

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How common is leukoplakia?

How common is leukoplakia?

Pretty common: Leukoplakia means "white patch".This is a fairly common occurrence on the cheeks inside the mouth. There are many causes of leukoplakia, some serious and some not. If the leukoplakia comes and goes, it is probably benign. However, if it remains for a long time, or changes in appearance, this may be an indication of some disease process. See a dentist to have such areas evaluated. ...Read more

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