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.

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How can you tell the difference between thrush or hairy leukoplakia?

Thrush is wipable. Thrush is another term for oral candidiasis. It is essentially a fungal infection of common oral microbe and is easily cured with antifungal medicines or troches (dissolvable tabs). Hairy leukoplakia is caused by a viral infection (epstein-barr virus) and usually occurs in immunocompromised patients. Thrush can occur also in these patents or patients who chronically take antibiotics. Read more...

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...

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...