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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 have skin rushes around my penis. Been to gp twice and was given a cream which i can only apply beneath my penis but for around penis were is itchy was told to use e45. My penis skin areas are so itchy and though i try not to scratch the area it seems while am sleeping i do scratch alot. what can i do?





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I have friction burn on my penis both on my shaft and head, its been there for a year, can I do something for the redness patch to go, I see new skin regrow but it peels off not long after, im using canestan thrush cream 2% but nothing seem to be healing.





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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! another thing.. lase week I discovered a slight lump under my nipple, when I feel this lump to try and determine what it may be it hurts really bad! even if someone just bumps my breast it hurts? any suggestions on why my body is behaving the way it is ?





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Hi I'm 18. I've had reoccuring cystitis since August and been on antibiotics since then. I've had a scan on my bladder which has shown clear. Since then I've developed reooccuring thrush; this has had a massive impact on my life as I feel really down all the time. I'd really appreciate it if you could help me in anyway. Thanks





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I am 16 years old and the past few days I've had a very itchy vagina,I am a virgin. On the left side inside of my vagina I have a little lump next to my clitorous&i don't know if I should just leave it for a few days of not use soap and just water? this lump is quite long,basically looking like a hair clip.Is this serious?





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Hi I am a 62yrd Old male, and have had a rash covering my lower legs with patches on my arms and shoulder etc, for the past 4 yrs, I have been to the doctors who prescribe cream which I am only meant to use for 1 week, once I stop the rash reappears, I have also consulted a homeopath who informed me I had candida, I have been on a yeast free, no alcohol, reduced sugar diet for the past 10 weeks, but the condition has not eased, I am desperate to control this as it is beginning to effect my daily life, can anyone help please ? going on





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I see the nurse on Tuesday coming for a triple swab as I've been getting extreme pain whilst washing my vagina and further up. My vagina on the outside is very pink and inflamed and feels like shards of glass rubbing across it when I wash there in the shower. Apart from canastan what can you suggest I can use that isn't on script that will help things calm a little before Tuesday. Many thanks.





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Hi my penis is itchy sometimes and it's really sore and red my 4skin is really tight and I can't pull it back fully any idea what this might be and how can I cute it?





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Hi I'm Charlotte 19 yrs of age IV got thrush symtoms redness little bit swollen sometimes discharge and really really itchy and its affecting me a lot IV tried a cream and only works for 10 minutes and then starts itching again IV even tried garlic what gross and stings a lot it didn't work I had thrush when I was 18 when was pregnant with my daughter she's nearly year old and got it again I just don't no what to do IV had It bout a week but these past 2 days it has got worse ! Can you please help x





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i had thrush and went to doctors my go gave me some cream and a pessary to insert since doing this my vagina is burning really bad when i wee and is really itchy also after i inserted the pessary a few hours later it was like coming out with discharge is this normal?





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