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Q. I have a whitish lesion on the lateral side of tongue. Is it leukoplakia?

Answered by
Dr. Sumit Srivastava
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 26, 2016 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

I have a mild whitish lesion on the lateral side of tongue. I am afraid that it might be hairy leukoplakia. Thank you.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thanks for your query on this platform.

You noticed recently a white lesion on your tongue.

  • This white lesion could be leukoplakia, fungal infection called oral candidiasis, lichen planus or plaque. All are benign conditions, except leukoplakia which could be precancerous sometimes.
  • Please do not reach to a diagnosis, until it has been examined by a doctor preferably a dentist.
  • Hairy leukoplakia is seen in HIV positive patient in late stages.
  • I recommend that you consult a dentist for evaluation. Get a biopsy done and go for further treatment.
  • Alcohol consumption, smoking and tobacco chewing has strong association with leukoplakia.

For further queries consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

Hi doctor,

I am sending few pictures too for your reference. Kindly check them and answer.

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your feedback.

I have seen your pictures (attachments removed to protect patient identity).

  • It looks like oral candidiasis which is a fungal infection and usually seen in immunocompromised states, intake of steroids and long-term antibiotic use and dry mouth.
  • I would suggest you to use a mouthwash twice daily preferably Chlorhexidine gluconate based or Betadine oral rinse followed by application of topical antifungal cream like Clotrimazole over the affected area twice daily for 7 days.

For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician

Hi doctor,

I have not taken steroids and antibiotics for a long time, is it related to HIV? Is this the only factor which suppresses immunity for candidiasis? Please suggest.

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • It can be seen in HIV but it does not mean that you have HIV. If you are doubtful then you can carry out your HIV test in any pathology laboratory.
  • It can also be seen in diabetes, patients with poor oral hygiene or even after cold or sometimes for no reason.
  • If candidiasis is recurrent, then it should be alarming and search for lower immunity status should be carried out. You can take vitamin C and multivitamin tablets to boost up your immunity.

For further information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/internal-medicine-physician


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