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Hairy Leukoplakia Treatments


Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Removing the Irritant

Quitting smoking or correcting dental problems often takes care of the problem.

Removing Patches

If the problem persists, or if signs of cancer are present, your dentist or doctor may need to remove patches of leukoplakia.


For hairy leukoplakia, doctors may also prescribe antiviral medicines. These include valacyclovir and famciclovir. Or, doctors may prescribe a topical solution, such as podophyllum resin.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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