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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'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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I'm a 16 year old male. I had intercourse a few weeks back and ever since I have had discharge from my penis and it has been very itchy and sore. Sometimes it hurts to urinate. The irritation and itchiness only happens at night when I'm not concentrating on anything. I have searched up symptoms for a number or STIs and infections, and what I'm experiencing my symptoms match the ones of Yeast Infection (thrush). My diet does contain a lot a starchy foods and corn and I'm not sure if that affects it or not. If someone could get back to me and/or suggest any creams or tablets I can get from over the counter from a pharmacy I will be very grateful. Thank you.





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I have thrush every month for about a year now; and the same sexual partner for 4 years. I take the tablets and use the cream, which helps but it comea back next month without fail. Im waiting to see a gynecologist as my doctors have done what they can(ie covered their own backs by doing useless swabs) We have tried different things like using condoms, then the next not, changing my diet and his. Using lube then not. And i have also develpoed tonsil stones. Would they have anythingr to do with it? Any advise would be great!





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Can I have vaginal intercourse if I have anal thrush





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Hey I am 22 and have internal thrush as I have had the discharge like cottage cheese as they describe it. I have took a pessary 5 days ago and also been using the cream since. It seemed to stop getting itchy and my discharge seemed to improve 4 days in but then the next day became really itchy again I was just wondering how long it normally takes for it to clear up after using the treatment.





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My wife 36 has been suffering from persistent thrush. GP just keep prescribing pessaries including long regular does to try and irradiate the infection. This has been going on for years now and is having in impact in her mental well-being. It makes sexual intimacy impossible. Our GP said "I don't know what to do next" If the GP is unable to help who do we need to speak to? How do we take treatment forward. Our GP practice is not providing the support/care needed. (we have see a few different GP's in the practice)





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Hi im 14 and i havent had my period yet and im getting white gooey slimy stuff down in my vagina and i have lots of hair down there anyway coming to the point it keeps on itching i havent tried anything yet and i wanna know what it is plz help





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Tell your mom. You may wanna read up on some symptoms. If is itchy, white,and stings when you use the restroom its probably thrush or another kind of yeast infection. If u don't see a doctor, you should go to walmart and buy monistat, it most likely will help. Dont be feel embarrassed, every female has one atleast once in her lifetime.





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