Not sure if that irritated patch on your tongue merits a trip to the dentist? Common oral lesions include leukoplakia (white patch), erythroplakia (red patch) or a combination of red and white lesions referred to as erythroleukoplakia. Many lesions are innocuous and can be identified and monitored without concern. However, any red lesion should set off a "red flag" for a precancerous condition and will require further investigation.
While it sounds like other benign issues that can develop in your mouth, erythroplakia may be the sign of something more dangerous. This condition of the mouth is defined by the Oral Cancer Foundation as a "red lesion that cannot be classified as another entity." Essentially, it's a red patch on the oral tissue which can't be associated with any other condition of the mouth, like a burn, abrasion or trauma. This condition is a less common oral lesion that has a higher chance of being precancerous. According to Jefferson University Hospitals, it's generally found on the floor of the mouth or tongue. So who is susceptible to this condition and how can it be treated?