Leukoplakia

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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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

Dentist, Orthodontist

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 »

My tongue is milky white in color. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a milky like white color on my tongue that is more noticeable in the back my tongue should I be worried? I am a non-drinker and smoker.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Menon

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The condition that you mentioned can arise due to a variety of causes. You have not suggested whether it is associated with pain, burning sensation or itching. Let me name a few conditions where the milky white appearance on the tongue is generally seen. 1. Candidia...  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. Saravan Pramod Settipalli

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician

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 before...  Read Full »

I feel current sensation in tongue while sleeping. What is the reason?

Query: Hello doctor,Whenever I sleep I fell current type of sensation in my tongue and find a small sore on my tongue. It happens on both sides of my tongue, not in the middle. I am suffering from this for last four years. Please help me. I am very upset and facing problem in sleeping.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Does this happen daily or occurs as on and off?Do you have any digestive problems like incomplete evacuation, constipation, a lot of gases problem?Do you notice this before going to sleep or middle of night and morning only?Have you tried any medicines for it?Do you also...  Read Full »

I have raised white lines in my mouth that I can scrape. Is it leukoplakia?

Query: Hi doctor, I went to the ENT for a sore throat. He ended up saying I have leukoplakia. It is mainly in the gap where I am missing the tooth. He said it was in other areas around my lower gum but it pretty much wiped off of there. I then went to my dentist who said it was not leukoplakia. I then went...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentist, Endodontist, Pedodontist, Periodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is not at all a type of leukoplakia as seen in the picture. But, if you are a smoker, then I would recommend you stop smoking. It seems to be just hyperkeratinization of the oral mucosa which ca...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have a white spot where I got my wisdom tooth removed?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a little white spot in the area where my back wisdom tooth used to be. It covers where the socket was when I got it removed 4 years ago. I currently take Suboxone and chew Nicorette gum. Is this normal?  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you have mentioned it can be a canker sore. And if it is painful and irritating then visit the dentist once to show it properly. If there is nothing like this then I would suggest you apply any anti ulcerative gel, like Dologel or Dentogel (Choline salicylate) whi...  Read Full »

What is the white lesion in mouth that started as canker sore and can be scraped off?

Query: Hello doctor, I am seeing white stuff in my mouth. I see more in quantity in inner cheeks and gums when I wake up in the morning. It has been four weeks. It can be scraped off using the finger. I consulted a dentist nearby and she told me it might be leukoplakia and it goes away by itself in a few d...  Read Full »


Dr. Sreekesh Menon

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As I can see you can scrape off your lesions, then it will not be leukoplakia because it is thickened, white patches that form on your gums, the insides of your cheeks, the bottom of your mouth and, sometimes, your tongue. These patches cannot be scraped off. So, I ...  Read Full »

What are the white patches on the inner side of the mouth?

Query: Hi doctor, There are white patches on the inner side of my mouth. There is irritation while taking chilly and hot food. I am consuming a non-tobacco pan masala for six years.  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Arora

Dentist, Oral Implantologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should stop taking pan masala. The white patches look like leukoplakia (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You should consult an oral surgeon and get evaluated. A biopsy can be done. For now, apply Kenacort ointment (Triamcinolone). For more informati...  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 discovered this lesion on my tongue by accident 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 symp...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan N

Allergy Specialist, General Practitioner, ENT Otolaryngologist, Family Physician

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

Should I seek medical attention for discoloration in 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

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

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

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