Coughing Up Soft Throat Curds/Lumps

What Causes White Lumps In The Throat?

White lumps in the throat can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'worrying'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose white lumps in the throat, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "white lumps in the throat" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Tonsil Stones
  • Candida / Yeast

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
indoor allergies
anal itching
sinusitis
allergy to chemicals
history of vaginal yeast infection
deformed toenails
occasional bowel movement changes
wearing clean dentures all day
metallic taste in mouth
candidiasis
high refined sugar consumption
low energy/stamina
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of white lumps in the throat:
Cause Probability Status
Tonsil Stones 92% Confirm
Candida / Yeast 64% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about coughing up soft throat curds/lumps:
Do you ever cough up small, soft lumps of material ("curds")? The material is usually whitish in color and may have an unmistakable foul odor, especially when the lumps are crushed.
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No
→ Yes, whitish or yellowish but no foul odor
→ Yes, whitish or yellowish and they smell bad
→ Yes, but another color (please add a note)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate no soft white lumps in throat, coughing up white/yellow curds, coughing up foul-smelling lumps or coughing up non-white/yellow curds, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Tonsil Stones

Tonsil stones (tonsilloliths) are irregularly-shaped, whitish-yellow, foul-smelling lumps that form in the back of the throat.

Yeast / Candida Infection

If you have fungal overgrowth in your esophagus, symptoms may include pain and difficulty in swallowing.  It is also possible that you may be able to cough up whitish curds that are part of these patches located in your esophagus.

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