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A 50-year-old member asked:

I constantly feel a tickle in my throat, wake with yellow phlegm and clear white phlegm from my throat, is this tuberculosis?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Unlikley: Tb is more likely to present with chronic cough - usually bloody with a known exposure to tb. Unless you work in healthcare, have been around someone with tb, or travel to developed countries, your risk of contracting TB is low (real but low). I would think a more common cuase of your symptoms would be either allergy, sinus drainage, or acid reflux. Your local ENT can help determine cause.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
See doc: This could be gerd, copd, TB and who knows what. See your doc asap.

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