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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?
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
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.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer