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Leukoplakia - Dr. Deoshlok SharmaLeukoplakia is a condition in which thickened, white patches form on your gums, on the inside of your cheeks and sometimes on your tongue. These patches can't easily be scraped off.
The cause of leukoplakia is unknown, but it's considered to result from chronic irritation. Tobacco, either smoked or chewed, is the main culprit, but irritation can also come from other sources, such as long-term alcohol use.
Leukoplakia is the most common of all chronic mouth lesions. Although anyone can develop leukoplakia, it's most common in older men. People with compromised immune systems sometimes develop an unusual form of the disorder called hairy leukoplakia.
In general, leukoplakia isn't painful, but the patches may be sensitive when you touch them or eat spicy foods. Although the disorder usually isn't dangerous, it can be serious. A small percentage of leukoplakic patches show early signs of cancer, and many cancers of the mouth occur next to areas of leukoplakia. For that reason, it's best to see your dentist if you have unusual changes in your mouth lasting longer than a week.
Sign & Symptom
Leukoplakia can have various appearances, but typically first appears as flat, gray or gray-white sores (plaques) ¡X usually on your gums or on the insides of your cheeks and sometimes on your tongue. Over weeks or months, leukoplakia can develop into patches with the following characteristics
X White color
X Thick, rough or wrinkled texture
X Hardened surface
Sometimes you may also have raised red lesions (erythroplakia), which are more likely to show precancerous changes.
A type of leukoplakia called hairy leukoplakia primarily affects people whose immune systems have been weakened by medications or disease, especially HIV or AIDS. Hairy leukoplakia causes fuzzy, white patches that resemble folds or ridges on the sides of your tongue. It's often mistaken for oral thrush ¡X an infection marked by creamy white patches on the area that extends from the back of your throat to the top of your esophagus (pharynx) and the insides of the cheeks. Oral thrush is also common in people with HIV/AIDS.
The cause of leukoplakia is unknown. Many possible causes have been linked to leukoplakia, including tobacco, long-term alcohol use and other chronic irritants. Though mechanical irritants, such as rough fillings or dentures, were once felt to be a cause of leukoplakia, they're no longer believed to lead to this condition.
Tobacco use appears to be responsible for most cases of leukoplakia. The vast majority of people who develop leukoplakia are smokers, and most leukoplakic patches either improve or disappear within a year after stopping smoking. Chewing tobacco and snuff also play a key role ¡X as many as three out of four regular users of 'smokeless tobacco' products eventually develop leukoplakia where they hold the tobacco against their cheeks.
Researchers also have identified both Candida albicans, the fungus that causes oral thrush, and human papillomavirus, the virus that causes genital warts, in leukoplakic patches. But it's not known whether these microorganisms occur as a secondary infection or actually cause leukoplakia.
Taraxacum 6 three times in a day continue till getting cure
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My tongue has appearance which look like the one in picture here.However the white spots fade away when I take fluconazole.Other symptoms like roughness exists on the tongue.
Please advise whether its leukoplakia .request you to advise tretament for the same
rajpno1 9 years ago
My mother(64 yrs) has been advised for laser treatment Since she is having the same thing.was thinking which medince to give if can cure it? Shud start wid tarax or tabacum? Dosage?
Attach is her tongue image where she has white patches.
usercm 9 years ago
day till cured.
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