Leuko means white and plakia means patch. So, leukoplakia is the formation of thick white patches on the oral surfaces such as cheeks, tongue and gums. This condition is non cancerous but carries a risk of turning cancerous in the future. They are directly associated with tobacco use.

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I have been experiencing an itch on the roof of my mouth for a week. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having itchiness on the roof of my mouth for a week now. I think the itchiness started when I ate spicy food. How can I stop it? I do not know if I am allergic to something. I have had an itchy mouth rooftop before as well.  Read Full »

Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Upon review, the findings were erosions on the palate with red and white streaks, which could be erosive lichen planus. It could be a precancerous lesion like leukoplakia, and spicy food is one of the causes of a precancerous lesion, but on multiple occasions, other ...  Read Full »

Is it possible to have hairy leukoplakia three months after risky sexual activity?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male who accidentally discovered this lesion on my tongue while brushing my teeth. It does not come off easily with the toothbrush. Actually, it does not unless I apply significant force to remove it. It has been a month since I first discovered it, and no other asso...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It does not appear to be hairy cell leukoplakia. It appears like normal ulceration or papule only. I suggest applying Triamcinolone ointment over it twice daily and observing if it goes down. Eat a healthy diet rich in folic acid and all other vitamins. Take plenty o...  Read Full »

I have a white spot in my mouth which is not resolving since two weeks. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a white spot in my mouth about two weeks ago, but I am unsure if it has been there for a long time. It does not seem to improve. Please suggest what it could be.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. Usually, a white patch can occur on the buccal mucosa but it is self-limiting. Please refrain from smoking or drinking alcohol, or eating any hot, spicy foods on a daily basis. White lesions will subside on its ...  Read Full »

Why is there a white round patch in the tongue with reflux symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am very healthy, 36 years old, with 180 lbs and a height of 6.4 feet. I usually exercise regularly. Three years back, after a stressful year, and switching to a vegan diet for several months, I had nagging reflux symptoms (sore throat, sore tongue, colored tongue, and bitter taste). So...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you may be suffering from nagging reflux symptoms like sore throat, sore tongue, colored tongue, and bitter taste with a white patch on the tongue. According to the picture (attachmen...  Read Full »

What are the first signs of oral cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been very worried about my health lately. I would like to preface this by saying that I have been experiencing anxiety off late and I have a suspicion that some of these symptoms could be related to that. I am currently weaning off of Prednisone, which I have been taking for an all...  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. I want to clarify details regarding who advised you to start Prednisone, and for how long have you been on it as this a drug which suppresses your immunity and causes a secondary infection. Care should be taken befor...  Read Full »

Are all white lesions in the mouth cancerous?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached the reports of CT and biopsy tests of my mouth. Kindly assess my report. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the biopsy and CT (computed tomography) scan report, you have likely developed a verrucous carcinoma or cancer, in other words, a lesion that might be potentially malignant or cancerous. But as per the report and my interpretation, you should not panic and ge...  Read Full »

There is a whitish spot on the lateral surface of the tongue. Does it indicate a precancerous lesion?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a whitish spot on the lateral side of the tongue for the past six days. I have attached my photo. It does not come off during brushing but I have pain in it while brushing. I do not have pain while eating but my tongue seems to be sore. My lymph nodes are normal. I am worried. I wan...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly share some more information. Please mention whether you have done any dental treatment recently. Please mention the condition of the tooth on that side. Please mention whether you have any sharp tooth or broken tooth, any injury on the tongue. Please mention whet...  Read Full »

What causes discoloration in the mouth?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 22 year old healthy woman. I have been experiencing some discoloration in my mouth. I would like to know your input on it. Should I seek medical attention? I also have a white spot on my throat. There is no pain or discomfort at all. I noticed them about a week ago and I have bee...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.  Read Full »

How to manage a small white bump on my lateral side of the tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have developed a small white bump on the left lateral tongue a week back, irritating, and pains. I used to chew zarda for a few years and quit the habit seven months ago when the lockdown was imposed. I am concerned about this white patch. I had also visited an ENT specialist, and t...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ciliniq.com. I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and the clarity of the image is not good. But I have mentioned a few possible causes: Inflammation of the papillae due to chemical burns like heavy use of high fluoride-containing toothpaste, or d...  Read Full »

Is leukoplakia curable?

Query: Hello doctor, My father went to a dentist as he had white patches in his gums and mouth. The dentist told that it is an oral leukoplakia. He asked him to stop smoking immediately. It is a serious condition which can turn into cancer. He advised stopping smoking for three months. After that, he ca...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Leukoplakia is a premalignant lesion. This means that it is not cancer yet and can be reversed. And hence there is no need to worry about staging. If your father stops smoking, it should regress with time. And later if required, some medication can be given to further ...  Read Full »

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