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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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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.

Hi there. I'm 16 and I have had Vaginal Thrush for almost a year now. It was caused by not having enough lubricant during intercourse ( I am also diabetic, have been for years but this is my first time getting thrush and I doubt this is the cause ) I have went to my local Sexual Health Clinic, they tested me and thrush came back positive, since then I have had the cream, two oral pills and a pessary, and nothing has worked ATT ALL. I've not had sex for this amount of time either, due to pain. This has not been passed onto me as my partner and I were each others first. I'm just wondering what I could do, as this is getting beyond ridiculous. Thanks:)





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Hey, im 14 and i might have been a bit rough touching myself. I noticed my vagina was sore and a little swollen. And ichy at times. I had a yellow ish discharge then a think white kind of discharge, the white and yellow have both gone away but im still ichy. Ive a small cut nearly like a paper cut near the opening which ive been putting sudocrem on. Could i have thrush? If so is it going away or? Please answer im scared





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I'm a 17 year old girl from Australia and I have Thrush, I've had it for the past 3 months+ and it's been a constant thing on my mind because it is so itchy and irritating, I don't have a boyfriend but me and a guy want to have a relationship when he moves here from NZ, I have also never had sex but I want him to be my first, I am freaking out because I don't want to give it to him because he'll think I've got and STD or something, I've gone to my GP and they told me what would help, I got a tablet thing that I had to put in my vagina and that helped the swelling go down and I got a cream called Cortic-DS 1% that cools down the itching and pain but doesn't stop it, I've also recently gotten my wisdom teeth out so I've need to take Cefalexin and Endone for that and the itching has gotten worse, I want to stop it as soon as possible because it's basically taking over my life.





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I had thrush for over 2yr. But ve nt seen my period for 3months nw. I went 4 pregnancy test,I proved negative then I went for infection test. Den I was told I had thrush.d doctor tld me d absense of d menses might be cos of d infection. Now have treated it,bt ve nt seen my period. Is close to 3months nw. Am so scared





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Hi, I have had an itchy bum hole for almost as long as I can remember. It probably started when I was in my teens and now I'm in my 30's. I have seen docs who prescribe an anti fungal cream and it works until I stop using it then it literally comes back about three days later. Obviously there is an underlying problem? I have seen the gp so many times I've given up but the itchiness is Driving me mad, I wake up in the night scratching and even scratch to the point it's bleeding.. Pluuus it's kinda embarrassing when I have a sly itch and get caught out.





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about for days ago I noticed that my vaginal area was a bit sore , so I felt to see what was wrong and it only felt like my hole was sore , this irritation has now spread throughout my vaginal area , there is redness, irritable itching(almost like I want to scratch , but as soon as I stop scratching the pain gets worse!), I also noticed that my clit is very swollen! What creams do I use and how do I get rid of it?





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I honestly think thsts thrush Hun as I've had it. Try canesten duo the pessary&cream also vagisil cream is fab xx

I have been getting itchiness inside my vagina and found white specs of discharge in the morning but my vagina is still itchy and so is my bum hole. I googled that you can get thrush from taking antibiotics which I was taking 3 days ago for a gastric infection. And I'm still a virgin. Do I have thrush? And what can you recommend?





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