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

    Thrush

    A yeast infection caused by a fungus called Candida albicans which lives in and around the body. It can affect both men and women, causing itching, irritation, discharge, redness, soreness and swelling of the vagina, vulva and/or penis, but is not an STI. Read more →

  • Trichomoniasis

    A relatively common infection caused by a germ known as trichomonas vaginalis. It is usually spread through unprotected sexual intercourse. Read more →

  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

    Arthritis is a chronic condition which sees inflammation within a joint, often causing severe pain. Read more →

  • osteoarthritis

    Osteoarthritis

    This is a condition that most often affects the joints, and is the most common form of arthritis seen in the UK. Read more →

  • Bursitis

    Bursitis

    Bursitis occurs when the small fluid sac under the skin, known as the bursa, becomes inflamed between the joints, bones and tendons. Read more →

  • Marine Creature Stings

    A number of sea creatures can sting or bite you when swimming in the sea or diving. Read more →

  • Interstitial Cystitis

    Interstitial Cystitis

    Cystitis can be an embarrassing condition - the word's gotten round that it can be caused by vigorous sex. Read more →

  • Piles

    Haemorrhoids

    Also known as 'piles', this is a condition where the blood vessels in and around the anus become swollen and inflamed, subsequently forming small lumps. Read more →

  • Acne vulgaris on the back

    Acne

    A common skin condition, which can affect the face, arms, back and chest with red spots and blackheads. Read more →

  • Circinate Balanitis (Photo courtesy of CDC)

    Balanitis

    The inflammation of the head of the penis (the glans), caused by a bacterial infection. Read more →

  • Hydrocele

    A Hydrocele is caused by fluid accumulating in a sac around the testicle. Read more →

    I had a viral throat and ear infection and this keeps reoccurring. This developed in my having ear pain and I was treated with antibiotics due to inflammation of the ear. The inflammation was successfully treated but the pain continued, I was referred to the ENT specialist who did not find any damage of the ear or behind the nostril. My vertigo has become such a problem I am unable to mobilize much as my balance keeps going off, I suffer from migraines and is presently taking Propronolal 40mg. I suffer from neck pains and also from a eye problem which is causing me to have double vision and the exercise prescribed for it worsens the condition and due to this I am unable to study for any period of time as I have severe pain in my eyes. Ill be grateful for any suggestions as this as gone on for almost a year.





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    Hi, I've recently had a colonoscopy due to the following symptoms: 1. Hip Pain 2. Testicular Pain (ultrasound completed, all fine) 3. Back Pain 4. Blood on toilet paper 5. Joint Pain in fingertips 6. Dry Skin/Eczema/Psoriasis 7. Persistant Diarrhea The colonoscopy found some inflammation where the colon meets the small intestine. Biopsies were taken. I have been back to the specialist who informed me the biopsies came back 'no abnormalaties detected'. He believed the inflammation was probably due to the Naproxen I had been taking for symptoms 1, 2 and 3 mentioned above which I had stopped taking approx 6 weeks prior to the colonoscopy. He also informed me that I have a few scattered diverticula, and most likely IBS. Most of the above symptoms have abated, but I still have symtoms 5, 6 and 7. Also, over the last week I have had constant pain in the small intestine area which is very painful when palpated. This has been coupled with diarrhea. I am concerned that the colonoscopy could have missed something in the small bowel, that could have caused the inflammation in the colon. I am specifically concerned that it could be cancer of some description as before all these symptoms (which began in October 2011) I have been a very healthy 32 year old male. I have been to and fro the GP many times, and I feel I am not being listened to. Any advice or help much appreciated. ps. Is there a section on this website where I can send this to one of the doctors associated?





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    Dear Ask The Doctor: Hi I am 27 yr old male. i havent had intercourse with any one. It all started with too many beers i had one night and masturbated the next morning. after ejaculation it felt little burning in the shaft but gradually increased by the end of the day. Doctor treated me with Zithromax which worked and i was all fine. during this time i had little pain in my buttocks, and after i completed zithromax course(4 tablets on one day and 2 tablets on next day), the pain increased and there was inflammation in my buttocks and i have also had pain in my legs. the doctor treated with Neuro vitamins(i dont remember the medicine name and i lost that prescription). the pain was gone after 1 week of complete rest. i have stopped masturbating completely for about a month now, and now there are few red spots on my penis head and also pain in the penis. the doctor tested me for STD's and all came negative. Pain in penis also triggers pain in my buttocks and legs. i have no back pain. the pain in penis is like electric shocks. now lately, this pain also causes inflammation in penis shaft. inflammation is at different regions, sometimes in the shaft, sometimes at the glans and some time just near where testicles hang. this pain is aggravated when i sit for a long time. I am a software developer by profession. if i lay on bed the pain comes down. i have had pain on my penis head rim with swelling and turned purple.I was also testes negative for UTI. i have never had sex, i only went to strip clubs in the United States where i happened to suck boobs only once. i have no idea what i have been going through. this is very distressing. the doctor suggested me to see a urologist but didnt give me any kind of medication for temporary relief. What could be possible region for all this? I appreciate your help. Thanks and Regards CJ





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    Hi,I'm sorry but this is not an answer,what u are going through has peaked my interest. After searching the net for years and not really finding anything helpful I can say that I too am experiencing similar symptoms. I too have that odd sensation in buttocks and left foot. Only it all happened with me when I was 19,I am 26 now btw. A girl I was seeing gave me oral pleasure but as she was masturbating me I felt a sharp pain on my penis, she went again and i felt pain a second time, she had ripped me under the head with a ring she was wearing. Ever since I have been to specialists and none helped very much. I was told that it was nerve damage and nothing could b done,pls tell they ate wrong as this is very difficult to live with...

    My name is Lisa and I have been ill for 2yrs and 4 mths with back pain, pain in left side of abdomen and diarhea, I gave up smoking when it started and for the first 6 mths I was treated for IBS, the meds did not work. I was given steriods over 3 mths and I started to feel better the pain went in my back, and left side of my abdomen and my diarhea stopped, my GP believes I had colitis. I was referred to the hospital and I had a flexi scope done which they found inflammation but they said this was the camera that caused it, my bloods showed signs of inflammation but nothing was done about it. Steriods always make me feel better and my gp said steriods would not work for IBS patient. The hosp discharged me 9 mths ago and I live on Questran Light and co-codamol everyday. Can someone tell me if this is signs of IBS or colitis. Thanks in advance.





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    My specialist has told me that having UC can make you more prone to IBS, so you could have colitis and keep getting IBS as well, I know if I have IBS I get a lot more flatulent/bloated than if I'm having a flare up of colitis, although I still get bloating with colitis it feels different, less gassy with a flare up, and much more painful, and there's blood in my stools with UC and more mucus with IBS, so thats how I tell the difference myself. However, I do think its worth asking to be re-examined, there is a lot more help available if they could diagnose you properly, it took them nearly a year to diagnose me, because its not always easy to pick up, and if you were on steroids before the flexiscope it may have reduced inflammation too much to detect. And I kmow my specialist wants to avoid putting me on steroids, there are a lot more medications that can be used long term to keep it under control with less health risks and side effects such as anti inflammatories and immune suppressant medications (UC is an autoimmune disease, the immune system actually attacks you (causing the inflammation) thinking its an infection), there is also a possibility of it being crohns, but i don't know much about that, sorry, not sure if that's helpful, just my experiences

    I'm 14 and I've got a spot on my penis, I'm aure it's not a wart but it's got bigger and redder and it also hurts more now, what is the best thing I could do to reduce inflammation and redness and soreness please ?





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    What are the risks of not having circumcision or preputioplasty when you are supposed to have it? [ I suppose you might be at risk of developing an infection like balanitis (inflammation of the penis or/and foreskin) but can the phimosis become worse? ]





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    I have the same of number 10 but the middle thing I don't know wt it called .. is literally BLACK not brown or grayish .. I used to have inflammation .. but it's gone now and blackness still exist ... Please help and about to get married and am soooooo embarrassed 😭? Ps. I'm a 22 female ,virgin





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    I had a little black part on my vagina lips when I was about 6. The doctor said it was caused by a broken blood vessel. You might have hit it to hard at one point like when riding a bike or some other impact and now it's healing. It did eventually go away, but I don't remember how long it took. Probably only a few weeks or months. Don't be nervous I'm sure you're fiance won't care he'll just be happy to make love and there is a good chance he won't even notice if your pubic hair is there. I have a little brown freckle on mine next to my clitoris and my boyfriend has never mentioned it even when my hair was shaved.

    I have Post inflammation hyperpigmentation on my Penis Dark spotted marks on the head of my penis.. iam worried. what should i do to get rid of them..? Age - 16 virgin Circumcised male





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    Worried about my penis size. i'm 17 years old and I think my penis is small. When flaccid my penis is 8cm or three and one quarter inches. When erect my penis is 16cm or six and a half inches. Is this a normal length or is my penis below "the average"?

    I have been diagnosed with inflammation of the patella joint. This is causing me a lot of pain and the Drs have given me Naproxen and Tramadol. Is there something I can do to help as Ive been taking these medications for 2 years and the pain is getting worse?





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    Couple of options...Talk to a physiotherapist... seek a second opinion from another gp. referral to a bone specialist. (cannot remember the correct medical name for this specialized field, sorry)

    ther is a little inflammation in my penis also some whitish discharge (not sperm) around my penis skin when i remove foreskin .. why this occurs i notice last 2days only. am 25y. but i didnt have any irritation, at all.





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    I have developed a slight inflammation / redness on my penis with a stinging pain on the inflammation and in the uretha. i have been for std tests but am anxious to find out what it could be , can you answer please





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    Can u take cranberry supplements w/inflammation of the bladder? I have a uti the moment and im taking antibiotics, but I still have ongoing inflammation and I seen where someone had said d-monnase was good to get bacterial out of you urine.





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    For your average run of the mill cystitis yes you can. For interstitial cystitis, DO NOT EAT/DRINK/TAKE any cranberries or supplements. For normal cystitis the infections are usually alkaline I think and cranberries are acidic, so they even each other out and it helps. Where as in IC any infections/flare ups tend to be caused by acids so you would essentially be pouring acid on acid, making it so much more worse. After years of downing pints upon pints of cranberry juice and it making the pain worse, GPs telling me it will eventually work and then being told I have IC and never to touch a cranberry again, I can speak from experience.

    Try waterfall D-mannose. It helped me! I took it regularly for a few months when I was really bad and had had instillations and could hardly walk with the pain. Now I just take it now and again when I have a flare up. It's quite expensive but worth a try. Have a look on the Sweet Cures website for info and feedback from other sufferers.

    I've had the same pain and because I play a lot of basketball and sport I got abit of trauma the other mounth from playing basketball and generally I got some inflammation in my abdomen and a pain in my right testicle and it's just because of the swelling and inflammation from being knocked it goes away eventually and I am just taking painkillers and it goes away eventually and I just rest and try not to exercise for a period of time to help aid the recovery generally it isn't anything to worry about I've been checked by my GP and generally there isn't anything wrong to inflammation so it shouldn't be anything to worry about but if you are worried go to your GP just to be sure but generally it shouldn't be anything serious!

    Go and see a GP about the itching. It isn't unlikely that you have thrush which is common when you have tight foreskin. If that is what it is you be prescribed Canesten and this works really well. For the tight foreskin you can try to stretch it better by using a stretcher kit like the one at the phimosis website. If you develop irritation and inflammation then your GP may prescribe hyrdocortisone to reduce the inflammation. Hope this helps!

    My partner was diagnosed with Bechets 3 years ago. He's 35, has mouth ulcers, gentile ulcers, skin lesions all over his legs and has chronic eye inflammation. He was only diagnosed because his eyes got so bad and he as referred to an ophthalmologist in Birmingham who has been brilliant and finally gave a name to his condition. Been on Methotrexate for 2 years and his eye inflammation has slowed down. If it was found sooner, more of his vision could have been saved. Hes still in full time employment as he wishes to continue as normal of a life as possible. But this condition is awful and its left him feeling really down. Not enough is known about it.





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    As Hidradenitis suppurativa is characterized by severe inflammation, it is imperative that you keep the body in an anti-inflammatory state. This is achieved through the adoption of an anti-inflammatory diet, i.e. one high in anti-inflammatory foods and low in pro-inflammatory ones. For example, foods high in omega 3 fatty acids (such as oily fish like salmon and fresh tuna) stimulate the body to produce molecules (called eicosanoids) that combat inflammation.

    I am a 52-year-old female and have been diagnosed with IC (Interstitial cystitis - https://onlinepharmacyreviews.org/medical-conditions/cystitis ) for just over a year. I have urinary frequency and pain when my bladder is empty. When the condition is at its worst, I cannot drink any acidic drinks and have been advised to give up caffeine. I have had cystoscopies twice in the past two years and both times areas of "chronic inflammation" were seen and subsequently burnt off. On the first occasion, my consultant urologist thought that I had bladder cancer but pathology reports were just chronic inflammation. She then thought it was an ulcer but pathology said just it was just chronic inflammation. Both times my symptoms improved after these areas were removed, but gradually they returned. I am now having bladder instillation every month, but the symptoms are gradually returning. I try to drink a lot of water and am currently not drinking tea or coffee, as this seems to make the frequency worse. Sex is not painful, and I do not have severe pain on urination; the pain is mainly when I drink acidic drinks and my bladder is empty.





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    If you have inflammation you will need to see a Urologist as soon as possible. You need a prostate massage and Antibiotics to get rid of inflammation. The longer you wait the worse it will get. When I'm like you I c a urologist for massage and Antibiotics. I'm usually cleared up in 4 days. But just cause u r cleared up don't stop taking antibiotics til they are all gone, else you could relapse. U would b shocked by instant relief 2 hot baths a day can bring. It's almost instant relief. Put 2 cups epsom salt in the water. You'll b glad u did this. But c a urologist if you can. Sometime the hot baths everyday will do the trick but it takes a long time. Seeing a urologist takes care of it much quicker. But if you have bacterial infection I don't think hot bathes will kill the bacteria. May God richly bless you and get u well.

    I was diagnosed with TMJ last year after being referred to an oral surgeon with suspected wisdom teeth problems. He arranged for my dentist to fit me with a flexible plastic mouth guard (it cost around £30). It fits over my bottom teeth, it doesn't prevent me grinding but it reduces damage to my teeth and my jaw is less sore in the morning. His other suggestions were to try and keep my jaw relaxed, avoid chewy foods and not open my mouth wide - this would allow inflammation in my jaw muscles to reduce. I occassionally take a 2 week course of ibuprofen to reduce inflammation when my jaw feels sore. I also get a lot of tension headaches and neck pain from grinding, I would recommend Syndol (get it over the counter from a chemists) - it contains a mild muscle relaxant which helps :)





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    Hi Caroline, I'm really sorry to hear that your brother is having such a hard time with eczema. I started getting pomphloyx type symptoms on my right hand last September and it spread to my left hand as well. I saw a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor who prescribed herbs to ease the inflammation and itching. My hands were red, blistering and raw. I stopped the steroid cream the day I started the herbs. My hands looked 85% better by the end of the first two weeks. It's been 7 weeks since I started and my hands aren't completely cured but the inflammation is down and my condition is under control, I might get some blistering but it goes away quickly. A restricted diet was recommended along with the herbs. I'm also trying other natural suggestions I've read about such as nettle tea, peppermint tea, vitamin B, avoiding soap. I can give you the name of the Dr if you are interested.

    I think you have blepharitis, an inflammation of the upper or lower eye lid. You can treat this.

    am the same, but my 1 test come bk i got inflammation so they putting me on steroids and i got it in my left rib

    You may have a infection, inflammation or hormonal inbalance of some sort going on???? I would be going to see a GP..

    Please help! Last year I was in a lot of pain and felt very bloated, went to see GP found out I had blood in my urine. After a number of tests they discovered growths (tumours) in my bladder. Went into day surgery where they performed a biopsy, after which I had an infection and was in severe pain and the doctor had to put me on antibiotics. Anyway, it wasn't cancer but inflammation, no one has ever told me why I have inflammation or what has caused it, and as far as I am aware I still have blood in my urine. I was experiencing bladder weakness, all of a sudden I would urgently need a wee and when I moved I would like wee, not all of the urine would come out, but a suffient amount would. I get up in the night to go to the toilet at least once a night sometimes more. Urology put me on some tablets to control this, said that they would take about a month to get into my system and they now have discharged me and I don't know whether I have to take these tablets for the rest of my life, whether the blood is still in my urine and what has caused any of this, I'm only 36. I feel that the NHS has left me out in the cold and my experience hasn't been a good one. Any advice would be appreciated.





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    Hi - Ive got Behcets but am not an HLA51 person.I'm female, and over the years my BD has taken many forms, but it was only when I got the ulcers right through the body, arthitis, joint pain and swelling and temperatures that wouldnt go down, and headaches/hallucinations from brain inflammation that I got a diagnosis. From then (7 years ago) I have had three lots of surgery linked to the arthritis, and the joint damage which may be a response to the drugs I have to take. I have also had optic neuritis and brain inflammation from it. I live with the disease, and have to remember to take it easy. there are few centres of excellence for treating and managing the condition which is lifelong. I recognise that over years, really since childhood, I had symptoms, but it took until I was in my forties and got wacked with several symptoms at once that I got a diganosis. And then because I look pretty much normal, people rarely understand the anxiety it causes of not knowing how I will be when I wake up each day! There are excellent sources of support - the UK Behcets syndrome society is fabulous, and yahoo has two sites - Behcets and Behcets support which are worth visiting if you think you or a loved one have it.

    has any one been hospitalized with vomiting due to stomach inflammation i live on anti sickness meds as well as my immune suppresants





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    Hi, my nane is Adele an I diagnosed with behcets ten yr ago when i was 30, at the age of 35 i was hospitalised for 6 weeks due to vomiting an abnormal liver function an stomach pain,before this i had been hospitalised at least a dozen Times, then one doctor suggested they take my gaul bladder out whish was a small more or less pain Free operation,with in weeks my symptoms had about almost cleared by about 90% ,an my life became alot better,

    Hi in response to Candy I am going to be 50 this year. I was first diagnosed 16 years ago after various treatment for herpes. After been under a very good professor in the UK things have gotten a lot better. I still take medication but not as often as before an my outbreaks are now down to once a year. It's been a strange one because my 23 year old daughter was diagnosed with this at 13. She has just had the worst attack which has lasted almost 3 week's. A support group is needed as we have nit found many people In the UK who have this syndrome

    I had the same issue. After visiting the doctor he said I had inflammation and prescribed Naproxen 500mg. That helped. Your boy friend may also have spermatocil.

    Hi, For almost 5 years I have had a very distressing ,especially emotionally, vulval/vaginal complaint. told, following vulval biopsy that theres evidence of deep inflammation and b strep, b strep cleared with tablets. Under gynaes for 4 years,it is not any std but I am confused and upset as to what it is. It is red, sore deeply uncomfortable, painful, very nastyand it is so harse that the whole area feels like a hard bristly yardbruse, pricking and sticking and everything that is bad it is horrendous and really spoils any sexual enjoyment with my loving husband of 21 years. Second marriage fof us both. I am deeply upset and have been told it will never get better, that I will never "get that spongy feeling again". Lichen sclerosos, vulvar vestibulitis etc have all been mentioned. My dr tells me the gyney people proved me sterile and that I have vulval dermatitis. Nothing seems to help. I use no soap, and all the usual advice I stick to but it is horrendous. Last gynae told me I have moderate active vulval inflammation with hypokyroiditis. I am 26, last period was aged 50. I feel tight, Thank you





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    when you develop phimosis as an adult it can be caused by balanitis, an inflammation that can prevent retraction of the foreskin. another cause can be strange/frequent masturbation techniques. whatever the cause, go to your GP!

    I'm not an expert but if you think about it, having chronic diarrhoea for such a long time is bound to have caused some damage in your digestive system... Until that damage is fixed the symptoms won't go away... I was put on an all liquid diet (only medicated fresubin milk shakes and water) for 8 weeks, the idea behind this is not to help the body by giving it important supplements but actually to give the digestive system a total rest... Things that we would think are good for our digestive system such as fibre are very difficult to digest so should be avoided primarily if there is inflammation... Go and Talk to your GP about a possible colonoscopy to see if there is indeed inflammation in your bowel or even maybe ulceration... After 20 years there is bound to be I think... Also look at your diet... Try a period of time avoiding things that are difficult to digest to give your digestive system a holiday... Things like skins on fruit and vegetables... Nuts... Grains... Fat... Stick to white breads and pasta for a little while... Remember that the idea behind this is not necessarily healthy living but rather focusing on your digestive system...

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