Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
177 Doctors are Online

Cold, dry cough, eye itching. TB skin test positive, X-ray normal. Allergies or TB infection?

I have this problem since a long time whenever I suffer from cold , it gives me dry coughing and I never gave attention to this, bt this year it bothered me a lot at night. And I get it instantly sometiem when I am on the road, or when I enter any AC room... feels like some particles in the air bothers me. My cold is kinda cured bt not totally whnevr I wakeup I have to spit this gel like cough and few days back I had sore throat but, now its no more when I started drinking warm water and started sleeping on bed. Doc suggested me to have tb skin test done coz I told them that when my cold is no more I feel the metal like smell coming in since a long time. The test came as positive then I was suggested to take chest X- ray and nothing was showing on X-ray it was all normal... I would like to know what exactly wrong with me coz my doc nw suggested to take ESR test now?? Somewaht I feel like I have allergy problem coz I had itchy eyes and sneezy nose bt, as I am on medication it stopped but, the dry cough isn t stopping why its happening when I m outside or in AC room or when I have cold...please help me in knowing... could it be an acute Tb or somethign else??
Asked On : Thu, 26 Jul 2012
Answers:  1 Views:  151
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Lab Tests
ENT Specialist 's  Response
Hi , in my opinion you have allergic rhino bronchitis with allergic conjunctivitis.
TB infection can be co existing, or it can be a old infection. Very unlikely its acute infection.
If I were your treating doctor I eould have treated you with steroid nasal spray and anti histamines for allergy.
I would have advised for sputum analysis for TB bacteria, ESR, mantaux test, serum TB antibody test to rule out TB infection.
Chest x ray ix normal alone doesn't rule out TB.
Answered: Thu, 17 Apr 2014
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor