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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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.
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