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Thrush

A microscopic image of the fungus candidia albicans, that can cause thrush

There is definitely nothing to sing about with this condition, which affects 80% of women at least once in their lifetime. Not least because of its recurring tendency. However, men don’t get away lightly either, as they are also susceptible to the condition, but less commonly. This is because everyone has small amounts of Candida albicans, the yeast that causes thrush, present in their body. For women the symptoms may include irritation and, more noticeably, a cottage cheese discharge coming from their vagina. Likewise, men may experience inflammation and a similarly unpleasant discharge coming from their penis. Thrush can often go away without treatment, but there are many over-the-counter remedies on hand to help. However, in first time cases or if you’re suffering from a persistent yeast infection, it may be worth consulting your GP for advice.

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on thrush >

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on oral thrush >

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Hey I am 22 and have internal thrush as I have had the discharge like cottage cheese as they describe it. I have took a pessary 5 days ago and also been using the cream since. It seemed to stop getting itchy and my discharge seemed to improve 4 days in but then the next day became really itchy again I was just wondering how long it normally takes for it to clear up after using the treatment.





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My wife 36 has been suffering from persistent thrush. GP just keep prescribing pessaries including long regular does to try and irradiate the infection. This has been going on for years now and is having in impact in her mental well-being. It makes sexual intimacy impossible. Our GP said "I don't know what to do next" If the GP is unable to help who do we need to speak to? How do we take treatment forward. Our GP practice is not providing the support/care needed. (we have see a few different GP's in the practice)





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Hi im 14 and i havent had my period yet and im getting white gooey slimy stuff down in my vagina and i have lots of hair down there anyway coming to the point it keeps on itching i havent tried anything yet and i wanna know what it is plz help





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I'm 40 year old male . I regularly give oral sex to my girlfriend . And couple of time now I start noticing very strong fishy odor from her vagina and get stronger when get aroused .and I have had swallowed her fluids witch was biter and fishy taste . I just need to know if I'm at risk any thing . Scene i love her and I don't mind that and don't want her feel embarrassed . . Thanx





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Hi I'm almost 30 and have had reoccuring thrush for at least the last 5 years and it's getting worse. It's destroying my sex life and making me depressed. I have tried the oral tablet and pessaries for 6 months at a time and it still returns!! I haven't got acne or skins problems and I'm not diabetic, in have had swabs to check it is thrush and nothing else. I have searched the Internet and find no solution to it. Please can someone tell me I don't have to put up with this for the rest of my life :(





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Hi am in my mid 20s and I have experienced reoccurring thrush. What I did was stop taking any medication and going to the doctor . We stopped using condoms with my boyfriend , I reduced on my juice intake and started drinking 2- 3 liters of water a day. I took a one month break from sex. The thrush disappeared and I have never been better . I hop this works for u. One other thing I use organic products to clean my toilet

I have thrush on my face pustuals on eyebrows ,hair,lines on face .what keeps it off your face fluconzole and nitron cream does nothing.Angie





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I think that I might have thrush and I've been using cream to help with with the stinging. I was going to go to the doctors for some stronger cream or something to help stop the discharge but they said they can't do anything at the moment because I am coming on my period in a couple of day. Does anyone know anything I can do for the time being ?





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I am a 21 year old female. I have recently met someone I am having regular sex with without a condom but I have an implant. (I feel as if this is somewhat necessary to know full details) before dating this guy I had no signs of anything, and had a regular sexual partner before hand and had no signs of an sti. My current sexual partner and I have quite vigorous sex from the last And have recently become quite sore and sswollen, however I have had quite uncomfortable swelling and discharge. At first it was more irritating now it's physically uncomfortable. My original thought was thrush as I've had it before but I bought the cream used it and it hasn't helped?





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Hope you went to your Dr and had some swabs taken. Clamydia and other STDs can have devistating effects.

Can you wear tampons when you have thrush?





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I am 22 years of age and have suffered with thrush all my adult life. The past year it has got worse. I get it every month 2 weeks after my period the creams dont work even when i double dose and get vaginal dryness between my vagina and anus. Its afftectin my relationship badly as we hardly ever have intercourse due to this i have bben to the doctors and gynovologist but they just swab me for stds or give me antibiotics which doesnt work and causes it. Im depressed and need desperate help as i dont know what else to do





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Hi, I'm the same age & until recently have struggled with the same symptoms. First of all stopping using tampons during my period helped as they were irritating my vagina & contributing towards the thrush. Also I read about eczema of the vagina & if you have eczema or any skin sensitivity it could be related to that. Washing with dermol cream & moisturising around my pubic area with that has also helped. Both these could help with your thrush as it's helped with mine. Maybe reduce the sugar in your diet too? I normally have a bout of thrush if I've been eating badly & drinking lots of alcohol.





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