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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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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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Hi Im an 18 year old african female and i have been suffering with thrush like and bv symptoms for nearly 4 years day in day out. However for some reason this time ive noticed i have sores and majority of my labia has gone pink! And incredibly sore and itchy especially when i shower with warm water, ive tried everything it just seems to get worse i have even started using sudocrem but the itch is still there what could it be?





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The sores are a big sign that it serious. You may have syphillis or herpes and I'd get straight down to the sexual health clinic. It's time U sort it out. The pinkness could be soreness or you've scratched too much but I'm guessing your ready to get rid of it and are sick and tired of it. Is it not affecting your sex life?

Just wondering if anyone has any previous knowledge or information about pain in the top area of the penis? I had unprotected sex around 10 days ago and am now getting real sharp pains in the head and foreskin of my penis. Any form of touch causes irritation such as rubbing against my underwear... Urinating has also become very painful and more frequent that normal. Extremely nervous about the possibility of an STI but am unsure if I'm over reacting or if this is normal for an 18 year after sex. Any advice or knowledge would be much appreciated... Thanks in advance





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You could simply have had a reaction to something? Maybe you could have injured yourself? Get to your GP and see what he says

Hi I'm 32yrs old I had a coil check done last month and also I asled to be tested for thrush. I was clear of it. Then me and my partner was sexually active. I thought my underwear had caused friction so I've worn cotton shorts since and now it's really sore and itchy. My partner said he's used the cream he said he's not had any symptom and he won't get tested. It all started when I was pregnant and I still get discharge it's a nasty colour and smell more so when I've had sex. I fed up of get tests done and still having the ongoing problem it's really getting me down. Please can you help me. Thanks





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Iv had thrush since I was 13, I'm now 27. Iv been the doctors numerous times and tests come back saying I haven't got it, however i have the symptoms of it. I don't know what to do anymore. It's making my life a misery and I hope to one day have children





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Hi there, I wonder if you could be suffering from vulvodynia? I too have suffered from symptoms of thrush and urine infections for many years. I seemed to have it constantly but some days would be worse than others. It was impossible to work out the triggers and I tried cutting out sugar and everything. My symptoms were itching, redness, pain passing urine, pain during sex, and a burning sensation all around my vagina. I nagged my doctor on and off for years about it and eventually they sent me for tests for thrush and infections - they all came back negative. I was sent to a specialist at the hospital. At the hospital they told me I had eczema and that because it had been untreated for such a long time I had damaged a nerve that caused the painful symptoms. This condition is known as Vulvodynia (which literally means unexplained pain the vagina). I wonder if this is what you have? It is apparently quite common. It was hard to deal with at first but since getting the right diagnosis I have been trying different treatments that are designed to deal with pain management and manage the itching of the eczema. So far I have found acupuncture to be extremely helpful and use pain relief meditation every evening. The symptoms are slowly decreasing and I am positive that one day I will be cured completely. For the eczema I have cut out dairy and gotten rid of my cat and other allergens that could be triggering it and I am careful what soaps I use etc. Definitely go see your doctor and ask to be referred to a specialist who could confirm whether or not you have vulvodynia.

I seem to get swollen itchy and very sore down below every time me and my boyfriend have sex and everyone there seems to be what looks like a white rash or something like that in the opening of my vagina, I have see doctors time and time again and each one tells me different, Is it possible my boyfriend could have thrush without realising and passes it back to me every time we have sex?





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Yes this is possible! Go to the chemist explain your symptoms to the pharmacist, take your boyfriend (if he can't go ask for two pills explain why) and both of you get a anti thrush pill take at the same time and don't have intercourse for a week. This might help it has helped me, men don't have the symptoms as we have usually they are asymptomatic If this doesn't help go to your local gum clinic and discuss your symptoms with them. Best wishes.

I've had a continuous thrush infection since I've been about fifteen but wasn't able to take any treatment until I was sixteen.. I am nearly twenty and am still suffering with it, my doctor has advise to take a tablet every month, sometimes it works other times it doesn't, the discharge doesn't bother me as such it's the itching and irritation that bothers me... Is there anything else I can do other then take the tablet every month?





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my penis is burning itching and its so uncomfatable ive been to the doctors and he has given me all kinds of creme canesten and canesten h timodine etc 2 courses of anti bioctics my doctor said it was balanatis went to the bural clinic they done a swamp they said it was thrush. they gave me one tablet called fluconazole 150 mg i am now taking canesten with clotrimazole 2% but still 6 weeks later am still burning itching so uncomfatable please help





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my penis is burning itching and its so uncomfatable ive been to the doctors and he has given me all kinds of creme canesten and canesten h timodine etc 2 courses of anti bioctics my doctor said it was balanatis went to the bural clinic they done a swamp they said it was thrush. they gave me one tablet called fluconazole 150 mg i am now taking canesten with clotrimazole 2% but still 6 weeks later am still burning itching so uncomfatable please help





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Antibiotics can cause thrush because the antibiotics kill the good bacteria in your gut. Maybe you still have thrush because of the antibiotics you have had. Talk to your pharmacist about your resent thrush infection and they may recommend another fluconazole Also if you are sexually active you might want to get your partner treated for thrush it is not an STI however it can be passed between partners. I have read that acidophilus can be used to put good bacteria into your gut after taking antibiotics and may prevent thrush (not cure it only prevent) I take acidophilus especially when I take antibiotics and it does seem to prevent thrush from covering after the antibiotic treatment. Best wishes





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