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Thrush

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

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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.

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Hi! I keep getting recurring thrush, well at least that's what I think it is.. The itchy and inflamed vagina and vulva with the cottage cheese like discharge? The thrush keeps happening.. It's happened twice in a month! I'it's not so ferocious at the moment but sometimes gets really uncomfortable.. Should I go to the doctors because I'm not diabetic from recent check ups.. Is it safe to carry on using over the counter treatments? Thanks





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I am 17 and got diagnosed with thrush and got cream, a pressary, and a capsule tablet, I have taken these and been using the cream for a week now, discharge remains but not bad but I tried sex with my boyfriend and it was agonising to start, I couldnt do it because of the burning and pain sensation. Do I need to go back the doctors or should this clear up soon?





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Hi! You don't need to go back because it's basically the thrush is still there and it's not completely gone. It happened with me and my boyfriend and I still had it.. I'd just avoid having sex until the the thrush is completely gone x If you are really worried still, go to the doctor x

Testicles and penis shrivel up really bad when I have to got to the toilet. It is worse in the morning, has any one got any advice?





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His,I scraped my outer vagina with my nails while wiping, I've tried fucidin h on it and it's still so uncomfortable to wee as it burns. I bought a tube of canesten that I'm wondering would be any better??? It's going on 5days now.





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Hi im 18 and have got tonsilitous and sinisitous and have been prescribed Co-amoxiclav for this infection since starting these antibiotics i have experienced burning and soreness when wipping and very bad irritation i have been using vagisil and it has helped it for two hours but then i have to re apply it because it becomes very sore and uncomfortable but i was wondering if once i finish my antibiotics will this irritation pass i have one last tablet to take then i have finished my course.





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Antibiotic use can cause a thrush infection so this might be what's causing you irritation! You should try a thrush medication that has either a pessary, internal cream or tablet because using vagisil will only relive your symptoms and won't actually treat the infection.

Hi:) I have just turned 16 and I recently suffered from a throat and chest infection and was prescribed with antibiotics(amoxicillin) . I have experienced a large amount of vaginal discharge, irritation and a white scaley like appearance around my vagina. I experience a lot of pain and burning when I am wearing any type of underwear or trousers and I am too shy to go and visit a doctor. Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks:)





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Hi my name's Amy I'm 16 years old and on the combined pill. I have recently been having a itchy genital area in the morning and at night. But also in the day I get a white smelly discharge. What is it? Should I be worried?





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Hello, I'm 16 on the pill aswell and and am having problems just like you! Just a few questions are you sexually active? There can be many reasons and explanation why you might be experiencing this, another question would be is it sore around the vagina when you pee? Thanks

hi my name is karen and i am 46 ,i have recently been suffering from itching and loosing discharge ,i have read loads of information about thrush but not sure if i am suffering with thrush,as my symptoms only started during my last period ,my period has finished but my symptoms have not got any better,i bought cannisten cream but i did not use the internal cream properly,the discharge does not smell at all but the itching is constant and really uncomfortable ,is it thrush,please can you reply bck asap as i am worried and really would like to know





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Hi Karen, your probably wondering why a 16 year old would be trying to awnser your questions! A question from me to you is are you sexually active, if so there can be athother causes for the pain your experiencing such as genital herpes if sexually active or just natural allergic reactions towards certain creams or could just be your hygiene and not getting enough protein and vitamins!

I had unprotected sex around 4 weeks ago and a couple of days after I noticed dry skin on my penis and foreskin. It was dry cracked skin just on the top, not under the foreskin. Firstly I just used normal moisturiser but it didn't do anything. I then did some of my own research and it started to sound like I had thrush. I've been on medication and used cream for around 3 weeks and I've not seen a huge improvement. It can get quite sore and the skin feels very tight. I am unsure if to carry on with the medication or to seek further advice. Where would be the best place to go? Is this something a GP would be able to help with?





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My discharged is thick but not smelly and i ichy down below and my partner has a red rash. Is this thrush or is it something else.????





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