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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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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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Hi, I have had thrush for 13 years now on and off every week or so, I have tried everything possible, my doctors said they don't know what more they can do for me, I have tried many things, tablets, creams, not washing with soap just water and nothing seems to work, it majorly affects my life! Please can you help?





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I have had thrush one my penis for at least a month now and have tried all various creams etc and it's still there my penis is saw red and itchy !! It's driving me crazy and it's killing my sex life with my girl friend we haven't sex for weeks now ! I also shower 2 -3 times a day and use fragrant free soap





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Hi im wondering if anyone can help me out please. I got told a few weeks ago that i have thrush and the doctor gave me the cream and tablet i took the tablet and used the cream three times a day and it did clear all the itchyness and redness but then i noticed i still had white gooey bits in my vagina so i then went to the sexuall helath clinic and they said i dont have thrush anymore but im still burning up my vagina and have white gooey bits coming out of my vagina does anyone know what this could be. Help . Thanks





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I am generally over sensitive to many soaps, bubble baths etc so try to avoid these as seem to affect my ph levels. However, after periods I tend to develop thrush systems, discharge with a bad smell for a few days. There is no itching, but small amounts of pain in my lower stomach. This time I had pinky discharge which was a concern. I have seen a gp but awaiting results. Seems to happen a lot, any suggestions?





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Hi. I'm 18 years old. My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex about three weeks ago. I was a virgin before. About a week later, I had a lot of symptoms of a yeast infection. I had vaginal discharge much like cottage cheese and it was very itchy down there. Three nights ago, we had unprotected sex again, and the next day not only was I still having the vaginal discharge and the itchiness down there but also I have been having chronic itchiness all over my body with no rash. Do you know what this could be from?





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i am a 13 year old girl and i am a virgin and i wash everyday its sore everyday its embarrassing when im in school its hard to wee its bright red,sore,itchy and makes it hard for me to go to bed x





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