Caused by chronic irritation, leukoplakia is a disorder of the mouth’s mucus membranes. White patches form on the tongue or inside of the mouth over weeks or months. This can also occur on the vulva in females, but for unknown reasons. One type, known as hairy leukoplakia, is a type found only in people who have HIV or other types of severe immune deficiency. Most cases of leukoplakia get better once you remove the source of irritation. In rare cases, though, the condition can lead to oral cancer. If you notice any signs, see your dentist or doctor.
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