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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 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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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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Hi i think i have thrush but not sure. I have thick discharged and it itchy down below. My partner also says he has a rash. Can you tell me what i have and how to treat it please





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Hi I'm 14. I had unprotected sex the other day and about 2 days later I started getting an itch down below and it was sore when I went for a wee. I'm so scared to tell anyone, I'm worried to tell my mum! Do you have to go with an adult to the clinic or doctors? Can you just buy cream or do you have to be a certain age? I would appreciate this so much for an answer!!





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It's probably just a UTI, which means that your urinary tract is infected and it's very common. Try drinking a lot of water and holding in your wee until your desperate; then go to the toilet and it should flush out all the bacteria causing the soreness. If this doesn't go away on its own after a few days, you should perhaps see your GP.

Yes it sounds like thrush with th itching as well as it stinging when you wee although im not a doctor so dont quote me on that. You can go and buy a cream called canestan from most supermarkets and pharmacists, im sure its on offer £9 at Tesco at the moment. if you have the money try to get conestan duo and I dont think you need to be a certain age. There is also a cream called vagisil but I dont tend to use that if I have thrush as it irritates me more. If it worsens with the cream it may not be workinf so just make an appointment at the docs as u may need the anti-fungal tablets. Although u had sex thrush can be caused by a number of things, friction from sex is one but also soaps, deodorants and washing powders so as long as it is thrush I wouldnt be scared to tell your mum, you dont have to mention the sex.

Hello, I'm 19 and for the past two years I have been getting thrush every two weeks. I have been to my doctors loads of time and they keep Testing me for the same things, i have had plenty of swabs done, I have been tested for TB, and tested to see if I am diabetic, I have been tested for loads of different infections and everything has come back clear they told me I'm not allowed baths or to use soap during washing and no underwear at night I do all of theses and I still keep getting it and now my doctors have given up and said it is just my own body... Can you please tell me what I should do next I need help!!!!





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Have you been tested for coeliac disease.I used to get thrush an awful lot before I was diagnosed with coeliac just said I'd mention it.

Hi I'm 21 and have the same thing, I've been tested for so many things and my GP gave up too. I've been seeking help for ages but recently found out I have candida overgrowth in my gut causing the thrush and other symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, chronic fatigue, inability to concentrate, itchy skin and a ton of others. Have a read of it online and see if you can relate to it. There's also a support group on Facebook I find really helpful. I'm a month into the diet and my symptoms were starting to go but I drank on Halloween and they came back, back on it strictly now.

I think I have thrush when I wipe after the toilet it looks like little bits of tissue on the inside of my vagina it also smells like yeast sometimes





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I get this too!





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