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Conditions

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.

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Hi, I am 24 years old and for the last few years I have been getting thrush about once a year from antibiotics that I take when I am dreadfully sick. In November 2013 I got a UTI which then led to a Kidney Infection and was on some really strong antibiotics (Keflex). During the first round I was fine. Then halfway through the second round I got thrush again. Ever since then I have had thrush around 6-8 times this year (2014) and it is not brought on by antibiotics it just occurs out of the blue. It is painful and obviously embarrassing. I have even had thrush while I had my period. What is causing me to have reoccurring thrush. My GP says it could have something to do with humidity. I have to constantly wear pantyliners now as everyday there is discharge from white to yellow. How do I end this torment? My GP just fobs me off most of the time.





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Hi really need advice I'm 20 weeks pregnant with thrush I'm scared use the tablet up me as last year I miscarried when I had to use them last time But I was 12 weeks then so I'm really scared what to do can it clear without anything?





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I have suffered with recurrent vaginal thrush now for over a year I have had 2 intense treatments from my gp which did help but now I'm off the tablets it it coming back again every month 3 days before a period and if I treat it before the period it sometimes comes back a week after my period..... I am currently suffering every month without fail is there anything else I can do to stop it for good???





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Hi im 15 and im worried about my vaginal area, as it discharges every day and smells of fish abit and it really makes me self contious please help me





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I've got hard rough bumps around the outside of my vagina, they are really sore and itchy and seem to be spreading. I also have quite a large lump there too. I'm booked in for a smear soon but it's niggling at me that there might be something to worry about. Please help.





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Hi.every time I have sex with my boyfriend I'm getting thrush or yeast infections .its started only recently like 2monts ago what can I do to prevent it ?and alibi noticed afte I had sex last night with my boyfriend the skin on my vigana is peeling of a bit from inside.but not itchy or painful this time.can it be from that we had too rough sex and that at some point I was dry?





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Hi I'm 21 and I have had this problem for a while now I thought it would just go on it's own but it hasn't a few months ago my dentist gave me antibiotics for a abyss I had after two days of taking the antibiotic I got thrush was very itchy, sore and burning after about a week of using medicated cream it went however I have had since what look like yellow spots and what looks like dead skin but isn't and a bad smell I carried on using the medicated cream but it just made it worse. I bath everyday to keep it clean but it's doing nothing and I'm too embarrassed to go to the doctors. Is there anything that would help ??





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I am 24 and I have had a recurring thrush problem for over 4 years now and keep getting fobbed off by the doctors. It's literally ruining my life I'm continuously in discomfort and it makes being physical with my partner very difficult. Although most of my symptoms are thrush like I do recurrently keep getting small, sore puss filled spots all along the sides of my labia. I've been tested for sti's an they all came back clear I could really do with some help as I've said this is ruining my life and my relationship!





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My vagina recently has been quite sore, itchy and swollen and I was wondering what this is? After I had sex my vagina lips where really swollen but they went down after a day or 2 then few days ago it happened again but they only swelled a tiny bit this doesn't happen all the time after sex it's only happened twice, but my vagina is just sore itchy and a but swollen and it's really irrating! What can I do to get rid of this without getting treated as I'm only 16 and it's embarrassing





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I had the same problem, I'm 17 . I went to the doctors the other day and they said it was thrush. It hurt to use the bathroom and I was in pain will having sex. The doctors have me antibiotic and a cream to put in the vagina , and it has helped heaps. My advice is go to your doctor they don't judge , say you are itchy down below and get swollen . I know it is embarrassing but if not treated it can get worse. If you don't want to go to the doctors go to a pharmacy and ask for an over counter thrush treatment. Hope this helps

Im having the same problem and it was immediately after sex that it started hurting

Hi i am fifteen years old and i have a white sticky jelly like thing that comes out of my virgina i dont know what it is should i consult a doctor?





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It's normal honey,and it usually happens when you're horny

Thats perfectly normal. Its only discharge that is coming out. Nothing to worry about.

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