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Conditions

Thrush

A microscopic image of the fungus candidia albicans, that can cause thrush

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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 think i have thrush but not sure. I have thick discharged and it itchy down below. My partner also says he has a rash. Can you tell me what i have and how to treat it please





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Hi I'm 14. I had unprotected sex the other day and about 2 days later I started getting an itch down below and it was sore when I went for a wee. I'm so scared to tell anyone, I'm worried to tell my mum! Do you have to go with an adult to the clinic or doctors? Can you just buy cream or do you have to be a certain age? I would appreciate this so much for an answer!!





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It's probably just a UTI, which means that your urinary tract is infected and it's very common. Try drinking a lot of water and holding in your wee until your desperate; then go to the toilet and it should flush out all the bacteria causing the soreness. If this doesn't go away on its own after a few days, you should perhaps see your GP.

Yes it sounds like thrush with th itching as well as it stinging when you wee although im not a doctor so dont quote me on that. You can go and buy a cream called canestan from most supermarkets and pharmacists, im sure its on offer £9 at Tesco at the moment. if you have the money try to get conestan duo and I dont think you need to be a certain age. There is also a cream called vagisil but I dont tend to use that if I have thrush as it irritates me more. If it worsens with the cream it may not be workinf so just make an appointment at the docs as u may need the anti-fungal tablets. Although u had sex thrush can be caused by a number of things, friction from sex is one but also soaps, deodorants and washing powders so as long as it is thrush I wouldnt be scared to tell your mum, you dont have to mention the sex.

Hello, I'm 19 and for the past two years I have been getting thrush every two weeks. I have been to my doctors loads of time and they keep Testing me for the same things, i have had plenty of swabs done, I have been tested for TB, and tested to see if I am diabetic, I have been tested for loads of different infections and everything has come back clear they told me I'm not allowed baths or to use soap during washing and no underwear at night I do all of theses and I still keep getting it and now my doctors have given up and said it is just my own body... Can you please tell me what I should do next I need help!!!!





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Have you been tested for coeliac disease.I used to get thrush an awful lot before I was diagnosed with coeliac just said I'd mention it.

Hi I'm 21 and have the same thing, I've been tested for so many things and my GP gave up too. I've been seeking help for ages but recently found out I have candida overgrowth in my gut causing the thrush and other symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, chronic fatigue, inability to concentrate, itchy skin and a ton of others. Have a read of it online and see if you can relate to it. There's also a support group on Facebook I find really helpful. I'm a month into the diet and my symptoms were starting to go but I drank on Halloween and they came back, back on it strictly now.

I think I have thrush when I wipe after the toilet it looks like little bits of tissue on the inside of my vagina it also smells like yeast sometimes





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I get this too!

I was on amoxicillin for a week then clarity-something for a week and then on penicillin for a week and then I got itchy down below followed by bad swelling two days later it was extremely painful to sit or walk and it burned to pee. At night I get a whitey discharge. I believe it's thrush and used canesten pessaries and cream but it's been a week now and still there?! I think pain has eased a tiny bit and not itchy anymore but still I have to basically lay down all day and dread needing to pee. 18 and virgin so not STI. Can someone help? How long should I wait before going back to docs or should I get another canesten product? and stopped taking antibiotics 4 days ago.





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Hi. I woke up yesterday morning with pain in my lower abdomen and back..and got thick white discharge that whole day every time i went to urinate. Today the discharge is little in quantity and less thicker than yesterday but i am contantly having mild lower abdominal pain which is not related to menses and feeling wet and little uncomfortable down there. There is no soreness and itching.3 months ago i had sex with a guy i barely knew..I am worried that I might have contracted HIV and this might be a symptom of HIV.Please help me. I am really shy to go to a doc.





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This doesn't sound like thrush - but probably isn't HIV either. Definitely go to the doctor, remember they've seen everything before and are professionals so there's absolutely no reason to feel shy!

the outer lips of my vagina often become red,sore, itchy and look like they are peeling when i wipe myself with tissue. i have previously been treated for thrush but i dont have the typical cottaGE cheese looking discharge. also,the inside of my vagina often becomes dry during sex but just before an episode like i described first it becomes more lubricated which is clear and non smelly. im 43 and its been like this for the last 7 years. i have had 2 more children in the last 4 years so its not the change.





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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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Do no have unprotected sex with strangers. EVER!

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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