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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 there.4 years now ive had thrush,been classed as a thrush carrier,been on soo many different medications.since ive had my kiddies its got worse.this time round my swabs came back with 2 types of bugs init aswell.i do everythin by the book and have done for 4 years.ive tun out of sollitions now 😞😞





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What definately cause oral thrush?this white spot keep apperaring on my tongue when I brush it,it spread it doesn't have any smell and it don't pain me unless I trouble it,it goes and come am worried!!! What can I use to cure it?





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Hi, I have been having some discharge for a very long time but I only went to see a GP about it a year ago. I was given all sort of treatment but nothing worked. Just recently my GP decided that I do a swab test for STD's but I am not sexually active so he didn't go through with it. I really don't know what to do and I am scared that it will cause some serious damage to my health in the future. What should I do?? Please help.





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ive been told its a thrush but i dont have it around the vagina i just have it at the groins and under the breast area and if i dont carry on with the cream its likely to crack and bleed im not a skinny person but im not overly fat thanku





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Hi I'm 19 and have small lumps just inside the lips of my vagina they come and go from time to time. Overtime they may burst and often are painful with a white pus coming from it,I have no idea how to treat this or have no knowledge to what is it or causes it. Please help! Thanks





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Hello, im a 18 year old female and I am worried that I have thrush or a yeast infection! My symptoms are; -Sore vagina opening that also looks irritated and red (especially after intercourse) -Yellow clumpy discharge with a weird smell:/ -MY vagina opening can be itchy sometimes -i also have a tiny tear near the opening (worried about that too) Please help and reply ASAP, Ive talked to my mother about it and she says it might be a infection but I dont really feel comftorble with going to my doctor:/ and it can be painful during sex and the condom sometimes has a lot of discharge on it that is yellowy I get really eembarrassed when my boyfriend sees this , sorry if im rambling haha ! this has all been going on for a couple of weeks now.





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Hiya I'm 15 and I think I have trush but I'm not to sure, my vagina is really itchy and is a little sore when I pee and also I have a lot of discharge:( I really don't want to go to the doctor about it, and I don't know wether to tell my mum? I really just want it to go away because I have a boyfriend and we've been doing stuff and I've suddenly got it, and he wants to have sex in like a few days. Don't want to tell him either all I want is for it to go away? Help?:(





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Sounds like every symptom of a yeast infection you just need cream and feminine wash from a dollar store that will balance your ph levels...that's if u don't want to see a Dr. Don't feel embarrassed its very common especially in young girls who recently became sexually active. Just make sure you clear it up completely before you have any sexual intercourse. Good luck and be safe.

Hi I'm 14 male and my pens has started to get really itchy and little red bombs on head Of pens never hade sex including oral and don't no what to do help





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Another point to add is I have had a white rash at the back of my throat for a week and it killed now I am thinking is it possible that was thrush and I've passed it on to my genitals ?





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I think that i could be something like thrush? Can it be a STI if I haven't had sex???? Please help





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Rest your mind and know if you honestly haven't had any sexual contact with someone, you don't have an std. My thoughts are you most likely have a yeast infection (common in young girls after periods) and the rash may be from pads used during your cycle. You can go to a dollar store with a few dollars and get cream and feminine hygiene body wash that is ph balanced. I wish you well and as a younger mother (29yrs old) please know confiding to your mom will not be as horrifying as imagined and then you won't feel alone in dealing with it.





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