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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.

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

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Hi I'm 20 yrs old and I have unprotected sex with my boyfriend and I accidentally put soap on my vagina to wash it since then I have had this constant itching which had lasted for a month now my vagina is very red no discharge I dunno what it could be I hav had chlamydia test and a bacterial vaginosis test and a thrush test and it came back clear I dunno what else it could be can anyone help thank you





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I'm 39 and currently taking a progesterone only contraceptive pill (micronor) for the last seven months. My period finished four days ago yet I am still getting the brownish end of period discharge. I'm sore down there and my labia feel swollen and itchy. I've been applying canesten cream today but it hadn't helped and the brown stained discharge is still there after I wipe. My GP can't see me for two weeks. What can I do in the meantime?





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Im 17 and I have not yet had sex with my boyfriend, however we have done some oral stuff. After he left my house one night i had a really sore vigina and my vaginal lips where really swollen! It hurts a bit when I sit down and when it rups on my underwear! This has lasted for a couple of days now and I'm just concered because this has never happened before!! Any advice!! Please!!





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I'm 17 and a day after me and my boyfriend had sex I got thrush but we used a condom , so I don't know what to do , I've only even had thrush once before and within a week it cleared up and I don't know what to do about it this time , I'm really confused about what could have caused it , any ideas ??





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I had thrush over a year ago. The itching never went away but it changed. It has just been discovered I was over medicated with thrush treatment. The vagina is scared and needs healing and that is what is continuing to make it itchy. I saw a gynecologist and she has said that I have been over medicated and my skin needs to heal. I've been put on a 6 week treatment plan with thrush tablet once a week for 6 weeks and an anti fungal cream. There is no infection there though. 2 weeks in and it's not working. I am lost for avenues to get rid of it.





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After I had my implant inserted in to my left arm I have had a low sex drive constant thrush and water infections that are basically ruining my teenage years and I seem to be very dry while having sex and very bad constant on off moods someone please help!!!





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After a course of strong antiobiotics for a foot infection I think I may have developed thrushas there are a couple of skin tears on the lips of my vagina - that sting when I pee. Am an OAP and not sexually active so cant possibly be an STD. Should I leave well alone and it'll heal on it's own?





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I can not answer, but share the same stinging problem when I wee, and after, one cream from the G P helps for a while, I am also feeling feverish, I was also given a cream containing a steroid, just incase there was thrush, which I am afraid to use as instructions say not to use for thrush, don"t know what to do, I am 73.

I'm 15 years old and female, a problem recently occurred to me today when I woke up. I noticed that my vulva was itchy and sore, it's red and slightly inflamed, it hurts when I urinate and just move about, I don't know what to do and I think it might be thrush, can anyone please recommend anything that can help me?





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Hi, I'm 17 and for the past year and a half I have been getting constant thrush. I get it every month and it lasts at least 2 weeks. I have tried everything I can think of.. I don't use scented shower gel etc or any shower gel which can affect me, I'm a bit of a 'clean freak', I wash every day so it can't be because of that, I've stopped wearing French knickers and started wearing more suitable knickers (as reccomended) and don't wear knickers to bed either. I'm not sexually active so it can't be because of that either and I've been checked for STI's which all came back negative. I have been prescribed a few different things by my doctor to stop it but none of the prescriptions worked and they won't give me anything different to help but the same thing each time. I come from a small town in Essex and my doctor and the nurses are so useless. I don't know what this could be but I end up getting the little spots which then turn in to cuts and I sometimes get it on my bum crack also (which obviously hurts when I go to the toilet and sometimes makes my bum bleed when going for a number 2) it smells quite bad and itches, burns and swells like crazy, then when it swells it really stings when I go for a wee. This is really effecting my confidence and sex life. If anybody has been through this or is going through this please could you help me, it will be very appreciated! Thank you!





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I'm 17 and from Southampton and I have had the same problem since I started my period when I was 14 I have the swelling itchiness and spots that turn in to cuts it's so painful and I couldn't live with it I took my problem in to my own hands after trying everything that the gp had given me and everything I had brought in the chemist, it was really effecting my sex life and still is in ways but what I found helped most was if I wash to much I get even more sore, so I know it sounds disgusting but if you let it sweat a little bit in the virginal area and just be gentle while washing it becomes a little bit more bearable, also you can get cystitis sashes from your local pharmacy that really seem to work! It's the only thing that has actually helped me within the last three years. Hope it helps.

Have you seen a gynaecologist? It could be a condition called lichen sclerosis, my daughter has this she is now 19- managed with special steroid creams. You need to ask to be referred to a gynecologist with a specialist interest in this quite rare condition. Its not contagious more a special skin condition like eczema but in a very delicate place. Good luck!

Im 16 and I found two spots by my clit a few days ago and my vagina is really itchy, I have no abnormal discharge. Those spots then seemed to turn into sores but then disparate but now there is another sore, which looks like a tiny cut. It only hurts when it is touched but my clit feels odd when I'm sat down or move funny. I've never had sex or done anything sexual so it can't be an STI. I really don't want to go to the doctors though, any ideas what it could be?





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