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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.

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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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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.

I keep getting yellow stuff comeing from my bum is this serous?





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hi, I'm a 44 yr old male.People say I smell of urine since I as a child. I don't pee myself and don't seem to leak/dribble in my pants.My groin area sweats a lot and smells like ammonia or cat pee no matter how many times I wash and change clothes ect.I also use talc after washing.I have candida symptoms/degenerative spine,slipped discs and IBS.I only take medication once in blue moon.Please help thank you paul





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There is a cream you can get at a pharmacy for thrush, I use clomazol vaginal cream for thrush to treat the infection. There is a 3 day and a 6 day treatment, I find the 6 day treatment works best, you get 6 applicators which you fill with the cream and then insert into vagina then rub some cream on the outside to heal and relieve itching, might sting for a few seconds but then all is good.you can get a pill also from the pharmacy to help clear it up, doesnt seem to work for me so I stick to the cream.I heard that natural yogurt also helps to relieve itching, I have yet to try myself. Also take a shower and reaply cream as this gets helps to keep the bacteria down.Well hope this helps, good luck everyone.





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yes but I shaved it months ago and its fully grown back





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Hi im 14 and I haven't started my period but about last year in late November I shaved my hair down below and then it was itchy so I let it grow and it stopped eventually itching but returned before xmas and has got slightly worse but I haven't shaved since November the first time and its itchy so could this be thrush and I have tried sudocrem before xmas and it didn't really work so please help





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No. It's common too itch when you shave or whatever. Thrush has nothing to do with it, you just have to bare it I'm afraid.





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