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How can I tell if I have a hairy leukoplakia?

Context is important. Hairy leukoplakia appears as a white, adherent thickening, usually located on the side of the tongue, but occasionally elsewhere on the tongue, on the gums, or the lining of the cheek. Because its appearance is similar to other conditions, identification relies on the simultaneous presence of immune system depression from disease (e.g., HIV infection, leukemia), or immunosuppressive therapy. Read more...
Oral Medicine Dentis. Hairy leukoplakia is associated with advanced hiv, but is rarely seen now when patients are treated with anti-retroviral therapy. Oral candida, with white patches on the tongue and oral mucosa, as a similar appearance, but can be scraped off. Dry mouth can lead to white hairy tongue. A number of other lesions have white appearances and should be evaluated by a qualified dentist. Read more...

Help! What can be causing my hairy leukoplakia?

Hairy Leukoplakia. Primary cause may be epstein-barr virus (ebv), although excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, chewing tobacco, chronic irritation, combination of these factors may play a role. I hope you are seeing an oral surgeon for evaluation, monitoring and possible biopsy. Read more...

How do I know if I have leukoplakia or hairy leukoplakia?

Biopsy. Leukoplakia is clinically a "white patch". It must be biopsied to deterimine if it is harmless, or pre-malignant or malignant. A biop "hairy" leukoplakia of the mouth is a different disorder that is seen mostly in hiv-positive people. It may be one of the first signs of HIV infection. It can also appear in other people whose immune system is not working well, such as after a bone marrow transplant. Read more...

What the difference is in leukoplakia & hairy leukoplakia?

Tongue lesions. Hairy leukoplakia is "hairy" in nature, caused by virus and has an underlying disease like hiv. It can not be rubbed off. Leukoplakia is a white lesion that can be many different things. The lesion should be biopsied. Read more...

What could the cause of my oral hairy leukoplakia?

EBV. Hairy leukoplakia is associated with epstein-barr viral infection. In many cases the patient has a defect in their immune system. Read more...
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...

What are the early stages of oral hairy leukoplakia?

See a doctor. See a physician who is familiar with your condition or a dentist who specializes in oral medicine. Read more...
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...

Can you get oral hairy leukoplakia from kissing?

Yes Can get. Possible seen in HIV infection , mononucleosis ( Epstein Bar Virus ) is not premalignant , like the leukoplakia as seen smokers . Read more...
Unlikely. Hairy Leukoplakia is not contagious. This condition is rarely seen in patients not infected with HIV. If concerned, see your PCP for consultation. Read more...