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Is the faded white around my gums leukoplakia?

Is the faded white around my gums leukoplakia?

See a dentist: Can't say without actually looking in your mouth. See your dentist to have the area evaluated. ...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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I have a patch on one side of my lower gums. Could this possibly be leukoplakia?

Patch on gums: See a dentist for an evaluation. This cannot be diagnosed without a clinical examination, additional information, and possibly a biopsy. ...Read more

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Patch on one side of my lower gums. I think this could possibly be leukoplakia but it seems too early to already get that, what to do?

Patch on one side of my lower gums. I think this could possibly be leukoplakia but it seems too early to already get that, what to do?

Leukoplakia: Please do not try to diagnose your own lesions. See an Oral Surgeon for an evaluation and only if necessary a biopsy will be performed. Patients without professional training and who look to the internet for answers are almost always wrong in their diagnosis and just cause themselves unnecessary grief and concern. ...Read more

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Does hairy leukoplakia occur in the first year of hiv? Was tested and it was negative, but still worried. Dentist says gums look fine where pale.

Does hairy leukoplakia occur in the first year of hiv? Was tested and it was negative, but still worried. Dentist says gums look fine where pale.

Hairy Leukoplakia: The hairy leukoplakia occurs most often in people whose immune systems are suppressed, not necessary HIV/AIDS. If concerned, see your PCP for ELISA test. ...Read more

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Could leukoplakia cause sore spots on the gums on my lower jaw?

Could leukoplakia cause sore spots on the gums on my lower jaw?

Yes: Leukoplakia can be accompanied by ulcers or other more serious problems such as oral cancer. Best to have this evaluated in person. ...Read more

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The top of my gums below my bottom row of teeth, only in the front, are white. I had leukoplakia on my tongue that went away. Do I have cancer or a disease?

The top of my gums below my bottom row of teeth, only in the front, are white. I had leukoplakia on my tongue that went away. Do I have cancer or a disease?

No: Leukoplakia is your epithelial response from a chronic irritation of a tobacco product (chewing or smoking. Leukoplakia is a white patch that cannot be rubbed off with a gauze. It is not cancerous, however, be careful it it is transform into erythroplakia which is a red patch. This indicated perusion of blood vessel before a growth of lesion occur. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco. ...Read more

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Doesn't look like luekoplakia but my mouth has white looking lines and it only happens when I irritate it with snuff it happens below gum line ?

Doesn't look like luekoplakia but my mouth has white looking lines and it only happens when I irritate it with snuff it happens below gum line ?

It is leukoplakia: By definition, any white patch is that.If you see it where you place the snuff, then the snuff is causing an irritation of the tissues. In time they will disintegrate along with the bone underneath.High risk for oral cancer which can be fatal, and most often is disfiguring because so much of the mouth/face needs to be cut out to remove all the cancer. Might want to rethink the snuff use. Good Luck ...Read more

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Is leukoplakia curable?

Is leukoplakia curable?

No : Leukoplakia is not a disease but a description of an affected area in your mouth. ...Read more

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Does leukoplakia turn cancerous?

Does leukoplakia turn cancerous?

It might. : Leukoplakia is usually non-cancerous, but studies show that 5-25% of the time leukoplakias are premalignant. Meaning if not treated they could turn cancerous. Therefore a biopsy is needed. ...Read more

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What are leukoplakia and erythroplakia?

What are leukoplakia and erythroplakia?

Clinical terms: They are not a true diagnosis. They are clinical terms that mean a red (erythro) or white (leuko) patch. ...Read more

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Can leukoplakia be a cancer?

Can leukoplakia be a cancer?

Can be: Leukoplakia may be a precursor to cancer and needs to be evaluated by a doctor. Sometimes a biopsy and examination of the tissue by a pathologist is required. ...Read more

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What is cervical leukoplakia?

What is cervical leukoplakia?

Cervical leukoplakia: is a condition in which thick, white patches form on the cervix. It should be always biopsied to rule out high-grade CIN or malignancy. ...Read more

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Does leukoplakia always means hiv?

Does leukoplakia always means hiv?

No.: Some people with leukoplakia have hiv, but many patients with leukoplakia do not have hiv. Leukoplakia is not "specific for" HIV and can be seen in other clinical settings. If you are concerned that you or someone that you know might have hiv, then please get tested for hiv. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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How is leukoplakia similar to cancer?

How is leukoplakia similar to cancer?

Pre-cancer: Leukoplakia usually isn't dangerous, but it can sometimes be serious. A small percentage have precancerous cells or they may have cancerous cells mixed in or by the edges. If possible you want to remove cause (smoking, ill-fitting denture, broken tooth) and sometimes may biopsy to be safe, . A similarity is a change in the cell appearance under a microscope stained slide.From a healthy cell. ...Read more

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How is leukoplakia related to cancer?

How is leukoplakia related to cancer?

It can sometimes: be a precursor to cancer if chronic irritation of the tissue is allowed to exist. It should be checked visually on an annual basis and verified regularly with more definitive tests. ...Read more

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What is cervical leukoplakia and leukoplasia?

White patches: Although your question refers to a gynecological condition of white patches on the cervix of the uterus, it should be mentioned that there is also oral leukoplakia, which shows as white patches on or under the tongue, or inside cheeks or lips. This can result from tobacco chewing or smoking, alcohol or some mouth rinses. It could become cancerous and should be evaluated by a dentist. ...Read more

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