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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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I just want to know if I should have my mena coil out? My lady doctor said she would take it out.or should I go to a Gynecologist .





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Hi,I had unprotected sex with this other guy I barely knew.Now my vagina itches so bad,my clitoris was swollen and itched.I used salt water to ease the soreness and itchiness.It's no longer swollen but still itches.I have recently discovered something like rash.What could this be?I'm terrified of going to the clinic.Please help.





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Hi, Of late I seem to get thrush around the time of my period feel's like all the time. I know I shouldn't scratch. I'am using the cream and have been having cranberry juice as heard it was good. I just thinking is it meant to be thick creamy lump (not all the time) or is this the cream and also I feel a little sick/drained afterwards? Maybe not enough water. Would it also be better to try the tablet's to stop it coming back?





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Hi, i am 16 and im pretty sure i have thrush as i have some soreness and itchiness down there as well as thick clumpy white discharge. I dont have time to go to the docters as i am going on holiday soon and i dont want to tell my mum anyway. I know they say to only use treatment is you've already been diagnosed but i dont have time and dont really want to see a doctor but i need this to be gone before my holiday. Im almost certain that it is thrush as i have also recently started going on the pill and have the symptoms can I just buy an over the counter medicine like canesten cream even if it says you should be diagnosed? I need a quick fix!!





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I am 13 and I think it thrush I recieve this itch abput 2 or 3 days ago and its really bad its like itchy and I have 3 sore like skinz thats ripped ok the top and on the bottom of my vagina I have one and everytime i wee its stings so bad I cry everytime I dont want to go to a doctor as I think.its real embarrasing and I havent told anyone. I think it might be thrush because I seen a episode of embarassing bodies and this women had the same symptoms as me. I applied sodocream and Vaseline on to the sore is their anything o could do because im scared to go to the doctor





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Sounds more like genital herpes. Vaginal yeast infections don't give you sores

heya im kit im 17 and i am more than sure i am suffering with a case of thrush. I have had it for about 4 days now and its horrible to say the least . I am in my first year of college and have an unsteady part time job and have not yet got enough money to pay for my treatment as i have a lot more priorities for my money at the moment . Is there any natural remedies to treat thrush or is the something that could maybe help with the pain and itching for a while until i get some money together . I have searched the entire internet and can only find natural yogurt as a soother is there anything else?





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Natural yoghurt is meant to be good. And sleeping with nothing on the bottom helps to get air to it. Also when your washing, just use water not soap or anything as that can irritate it.

I'm 26 and I have had what feels like thrush constantly for 3years no breaks day and night. I have been to the doctors so many times I've lost count, I have had swabs and smear tests done everything came back normal no signs of thrush or anything. I have been given all the creams, tablets etc by the doctors and over the counter, I have cut out anything with yeast in, wore nothing but cotton underwear tried feminine wash and nothing worked. Please help I can't take much more :-(





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I suffer from constant thrush especially after sex with my partner of 4 years he doesn't believe he's got thrush but every time I get rid of it he just passes it back to me and when I say to him he's in denial I've told him its nothing to be embarrassed about but he goes on as if its an std or something its really put me off sex as I find it really sore. I had a baby 5 months ago I don't know if this is any relevance but when I was pregnant I found out I had strep B which can be dangerous for babies if not diagnosed any advice would be great thank in advance!





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Hi, my wife and partner of ten years has in the last 3 years constantly been getting thrush, we have exhausted the Internet trying different things, the doctor just keeps prescribing the same medications (which do not seem to be very effective. It is causing stress on her well being and mental state. Who would be best to see in West Aus? We had finally managed to get rid of the symptoms for the first time since start of January, 1 sexual encounter and its blown up again, we are both very clean so can't see that being the problem, Any advice?





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Basically you need to go back to the doctor because it's reoccurring, you can get creams and pessaries to use, normally use one pessaries before her time of the month as that's when it's most likely to start up also, sex can cause thrush so basically use a lot a lot a lot of lube when having sex to try and prevent this.

I have white stuff which I think is thrush in my mouth on my tongue,roof of mouth,cheeks,side of mouth and now it looks like it's starting at the back of my throat too.I also have white creamy discharge down below too.My mouth is so sore I can't eat or drink anything.For the last few weeks I have been waking up at night drenched in sweat.I have had a temperature for two weeks and it won't go away.When I get out of bed I get so out of breath that I have to go back.Can thrush go away on its own?My mom made an appointment with a doctor because she's worried but I get really nervous at the doctors and don't really want to go.Is there anything I can do to make it go away on its own or lower my temperature(think I've tried everything though).Please help.





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Hi this is Maria again.The doctor rang my mom with my blood results and she said that they aren't normal.She said that my white blood cells are extremely high 101,000 with blasts??? and my red blood cells and my platelets are very low.She wants me and my parents to come in and talk to her tomorrow morning and she said that I will have to go to hospital for tests.I am really scared.I don't want to go to hospital.Is it bad to have high white cells and low of the other cells?what does it mean?Do you normally go to hospital because of thrush??why do I need tests.I am scared that I have something bad because my mom has been crying since the doctor rang.Please can someone who has thrush tell me that this is all normal.Please please?

Are you ok? I wish I could give you advice but I do not have the medical knowledge to advise you on this but I hope you have got some answers from the hospital xx

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