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Doctor insights on: Oral Hairy Leukoplakia

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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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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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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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Can I have oral hairy leukoplakia without hiv?

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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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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Would smooth oral hairy leukoplakia (unconfirmed) appear 4 months after possible HIV exposure? Perio said looked like regular leukoplakia . Scared.

Would smooth oral  hairy leukoplakia (unconfirmed) appear 4 months after possible HIV exposure?  Perio said looked like regular leukoplakia . Scared.

Biopsy it.: Any lesion is best diagnosed with an actual biopsy and not a visual guess. Then you know exactly what you have and what precautions or treatment is indicated. Don't be scared, just have it biopsied. Personally, i think it's better to know than to worry about possibilities. If your periodontist doesn't want to have it biopsied, ask why and consider seeing an oral surgeon for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Which is the difference between oral lichen planus and oral hairy leukoplakia of the tongue?

Which is the difference between oral lichen planus   and oral hairy leukoplakia of the tongue?

Only look similar: Although the conditions may take on similar appearance, they're completely different. Oral lichen planus is an autoimmune disorder in which there is inflammation arising from the action of antibodies to the deeper cells of the mucous membrane. Hairy leukoplakia is a thickening of the surface tissues from epstein-barr virus in the presence of a weakened immune system, as might occur in HIV disease. ...Read more

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Expert opinions? Which is the difference between oral lichen planus of the tongue and oral hairy leukoplakia of the tongue?

Hairy Leukoplakia: Is caused by the epstein barr virus and is seen in people with hiv. It is a variant of leukoplakia. Lp has no cure and is poorly understood. It may resolve on its own and the cause is unknown. ...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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Not sure if had oral hairy leukoplakia on bucal mucosa? Lasted 3 months. When periodontist saw , mostly cleared up. He said was leukoplakia. Now gone.

Not sure if had oral hairy leukoplakia on bucal mucosa? Lasted 3 months. When periodontist saw , mostly cleared up. He said was leukoplakia. Now gone.

Leukoplakia: is a greyish/ white patch that develops in the mouth and that cannot be wiped off. It is caused by chronic irritation and should be checked by your dentist. Smoking is the most common cause. ...Read more

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