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  • Bed bugs

    Bed Bugs

    Bed bugs were a problem that humans thought they had got under control, but recent years have seen a 500% increase in their occurrence. Read more →

  • Hidradentitis suppurativa in the armpit

    Hidradenitis Suppurativa

    A chronic and stubborn disease centred on inflammation of the large specialised sweat glands (apocrine glands) that are found mainly in the armpits and groins. These areas show a distinctive mixture of boil-like lumps, areas leaking pus, and scarring. Read more →

  • Leg ulcer

    Leg Ulcer

    An ulcer on the leg, which can be painful, itchy and swollen. Read more →

  • Lichen Aureus

    Lichen Aureus

    This is a chronic skin condition that results in yellowish or golden patches of pigmentation forming on the limbs. Read more →

  • A female head louse (Photo courtesy of CDC)

    Pediculus Capitis

    More commonly known as 'nits'. These are pin-head sized grey-brown, wingless insects that live by sucking blood from the scalp and leave their eggs glued to the base of hairs. Read more →

  • A tasty specimen of a pubic louse (Photo courtesy of CDC)

    Phthirus Pubis

    An infestation by tiny parasitic insects that live in coarse body hair, most commonly pubic hair. Read more →

  • A scabies inflammation on the arm (Photo courtesy of Sven Teschke/Wikipedia)

    Scabies

    An itchy skin condition caused by a parasitic mite, which is commonly passed on through close body contact or sexual contact. Read more →

  • Scalp Psoriasis

    Scalp Psoriasis

    Psoriasis affects around 3% of the UK’s population and involves the speeding up of the bodies usual mechanism for replacing skin. Read more →

  • Stretch marks on the stomach

    Stretch Marks

    Lines on the skin that start off as raised red lines, before turning purple, and then slowly fading into flat silvery streaks. Stretch marks happen when the skin is stretched a lot over a short period of time, such as during pregnancy. Read more →

  • 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 →

  • Vaginas

    Vulvodynia

    This unpleasant condition causes chronic pain and discomfort in the vulval area, with the most common symptoms including stinging, burning, irritation and rawness. Read more →

  • Impetigo (Photo courtesy of CDC)

    Impetigo

    A highly contagious bacterial infection of the skin caused by staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria. Read more →

  • Threadworms

    Threadworms

    Sometimes called a pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis), these are small intestinal worm parasites that infect the intestines of humans. It is the most common worm parasite infestation of children in the UK. Read more →

  • Eczema

    Eczema

    Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become reddened, dry and cracked. Read more →

  • Shingles

    Shingles

    Shingles is a skin rash that is caused by the chickenpox virus, and is part of the herpes family of viruses. Read more →

    Hi i was woundering if someone could give me some advice. I suffer really regular with a very very painful vagina, i get so sore and itchy and it feels like im swelling up and my lips end up feeling really low, but when im feeling fine they arent, i cant wee and get upset because the pain is that bad,sometimes it hurts just to sit down and walk. When i had my daughter 4 yrs ago i had a 3rd degree tear and i am now left with a skin tag and sometimes i catch this when i go the loo and this sometimes causes my sorness and itchiness and the itchiness is all over not just in one part I would be very grateful if any one could give me any advice on this Thanks x





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    You said vagina but from yor description do you mean just your lips / clit? I had something similar and I avoided all soap down there and used non scented moisuriser instead, changed to a non-bio washing powder and (best of all) wore skirts and no underwear which seemed to restore the natural balance of moisture etc without rubbing on my lips and making them sore. If that fails it can't hurt to go to the GP for an examination and chat. The skin tag can probably be removed quite easily now your tear has completely healed too. I still do all the above and use the moisturiser (Dermol 500) which keeps everything soft and silky, and all the itchiness has gone. Good luck!

    Hi Deb Im not sure if im replying to your comment correctly as never used this before:/ Sorry its my lips, i have been to the doctors and they just gave me some cream but i cant use this as it just burns me not good, I do use fragranced soap so i will try non perfumed and hopefully this will help, i did notice last weekend that i felt a bit sore and when i think back it started when i wore tight jeans could this be the problem? The doctors have advised that they would rather not try and remove skin tag as too close to anus which could cause more problems :(, i will get some dermol 500 and try it Thanks for you advice really appreciate it x

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    Hi i'm 15 and I have been suffering with psoriasis for nearly a year now I have know idea why it started. When it first appeared spot appeared around my pubic hair area and all over the tops of my legs and the smell was unbearable but about 2 months ago it started to die down and the flaky skin and smelly goo and itchiness died down but I still get itchy patches now and again and the skin gets dry and split when I pull the foreskin back. I have used E45 cream which has helped controlling the redness but the smell and itchiness remains the same. I have not informed any one of my condition due to me being to embarrassed to tell my parents or got to my GP. Will this just eventually go away or should I consult my GP which I really do not want to do.





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    go see the doc, there are great creams out there that will help you. Don't suffer in silence.

    You must pop along to your GP who will prescribe some thing and make sure that do actually have it , just in case its something else, best of luck, don't be embarrassed. I 've had it since the age of 1 and now I'm 41 creams do help but there's no cure. If its bad you can be referred to a specialist who may prescribe immunosuppressants which I've had in the past with brill results

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    What does it mean when you have clear watery discharge, itchiness, and a smelly order?





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    Probably a yeast infection.. try Monistat 3 day treatment..If that doesn't work- see a doctor and get a STD panel.

    Hi, I'm 29, not really active in sex, but LI found there are some dots on my flaps And in my vagina, and sometime it cause itchiness, does this harmful? I really scare.





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    Don't know what you mean by dots, if you mean bumps, there are glands in there that produce fluids, these can get plugged up, normally more painful than itchy, but really if you ever have any worried about your genitals, call a doctor or nurse or go in and get seen. Better safe than sorry, right?

    im not sure if i have it when i pooed tonight i had lot of little white worm type things on my poo is this it i havent had any itchiness at all im 15.





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    i think you need to go to your GP and get it checked out and they will provide you with some tablets to take daily

    After clitoral stimulation my wife - 37years old complains of itchiness and pain for weeks afterwards. Any ideas





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    I noticed in the bath today that my inner lips looked different..almost like small chunks had disappeared... No pain or itchiness





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    I have itchiness next to my clit i think its called the vulva and it is sore and red. My doctor gave me Daktakort but it doesnt seem to be working.





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    hi there my gran is suffering with psoriasis and has tried various creams from the hospital and gp but not having much luck.she is wondering if there any any herbal remedies which she could try to help the itchiness?? please help





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    As Far As I Know Their Isnt Any Herbal Remedies Maybe By Using Vitamin E But That Might Help, The Only Thing Best Would Be That Either You Ask Your GP For Some UV Treatment Called TL-01 Or Immune Suspressents But Depending How Old Your Gran Is That May Not Be An Option If You Was At A Age Between 16-40 The Final Option Which May Seem Severe Would Be Chemotherapy But That Is The Final Option That Would Be Taken Or Biologics May Be A Option Aswell

    need help, i can sleep due to itchiness along the vagina and anus, plus i have a bad urine infection, have had it for a few weeks and tried thrush cream....any tips would be good





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    I have a single yellow spot (1 mm in diameter) on the glans penis near the meatus. I had itchiness prior to this after getting oral sex from a woman in a massage parlour. Since I rubbed it & applied Dettol antiseptic cream to overcome itchiness, it developed patches of inflammation which subsided after applying corticosteroids (mometasone furoate - Elosone). The yellow spot appeared after that. I am puzzled by it. There is no tenderness & itchiness. It is a single yellow spot. Please advise. Thank you.





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    hi everyone, as soon as I start jogging or running, I get this censation of having a bad Rush mainly on my legs and bottom with an urgent feeling of scratching to calm the itchiness down. I get so frustrated from this itchiness that has been ruining my life for about 25years and from stopping me persue a sport I love most. I am desperate to find help to this condition. Many thanks.





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    Hello! I cannot believe you also have this problem! I am 21 and I seem to get it around my fatty areas (although only size 10) such as my thighs and waist, especially when doing high impact exercise, but can even be unbarable when walking fast. It is horrible because it stops me going for jogs, etc. I feel like screaming its so oddly painful. I would love to know if anyone has any clue what it might be or if there is anything we could do! But it is very nice to meet someone with it.

    Hi, I'm sorry I don't have any suggestions but was wondering if you had any responses to your post. I was diagnosed with lp a few weeks ago. I have a big patch on my shoulder and leg and dozens if individual spots all over my body. The itchiness is unbearable. My doctor has given me a steroid cream. Do you have any suggestions? How long did your itchiness last? Sorry for the questions but any advice welcome

    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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    mt left ear is constantly itching right next to my ear drum. Ive had it syringed and they found an old peice of cotton bud in there but itchiness is still there, the itchiness seems to travel all over the ear and on my head just behind the ear. When the doctor checks it they must be finding wet fluid because they tell me to keep my ears dry all the time but I do. I do suffer from head to toe sweating when im sleeping every night and i dont know if this is where the wetness is coming from. It drives me insane and im constantly getting small scabs forming on the inner part of the ear probably from me scratching but I simply cannot ignore the itch. What could be the cause of this?





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    I'm 15 years old and I've had itchiness in the down below area I've had a swab done a couple of mouths ago and it came back just the normal bacteria in that area I had thrush so the doctor gave me one tablet to take. After less than a month the thrush came back again do the dicots just gave me another thrush tablet but still no luck and it came back again. So when I went back to the doctors she said I could have diabetes which was such a shock for me but I got a test for sugar levels and it came back fine. Its so depressing because I've had the itchiness since I was Little and it really gets to me as it's almost like the doctor is hardly helping me. All I want is it to be gone as it does effect my teenage live. Pleaseee help x





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    I have suffered from this for quite a number of years, strangely though for me it seems to be worse in the winter time. Whether this is because the central heating etc dries out my skin more in the winter I'm not sure. But it normally occurs when I am doing a mild exercise such as walking, and even on occasions mentioned in one of the above comments such as being in embarrassing or pressurised situations. I do know that doing more strenuous exercise such as running, while it may start up in the beginning if I can keep going the sweat will eventually "force" it's way through the pores and the itchiness will stop. And if I try to do this once a week or so, a steady flow of sweat through the pores will stop them clogging up and causing itchiness. Other than that, I have tried antihistamine tablets which haven't worked. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.





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    I also suffer from what I call "prickly itch". The first time I had it was in 1994 for about 5 or 6 months then it stopped. It returns every 10 years and it started again in February 2014. It usually starts in November but this year it came a little early. I have tried almost every lotion and I have soaked in epsome salt, ACV, oatmeal but nothing seemed to work. I saw a dermatologist, a allergist with no positive results. I finally went to a neurologist and he was baffled until he thought about something he read about so he got onhis ipod looked somethingup and asked me some questions about my symptoms then told me he thinks I may have "Erythromelalgia". It's a rare condition that affects the extremities of the body but also affects the chest, back, and legs. They drew blood and tested me for 7 different things but I haven't received the results yet. Here's the best part that I hope can help stop the itch for others. My Neuroloist prescribed Gabapentin 100mg for the itch. After two weeks I felt the medicine was inaffective so I called his nurse and told her. He increased it to 600mg but I started out taking only 300mg 3 times a day and I actully felt the difference the first day I took it. Yes, the itch has stopped about 90%. I will continue to take this medication and bild up to taking the 600mg 3 times a day. I expect that will stop it completely. I hope this helps.

    I have recently noticed that i have around 4-5 white spots as shown in the picture above on my penis shaft near the bottom where it rests on the balls and i have frequent itchiness at the bottom of my Penis shaft on the outer skin. And i have also noticed 2 white spots which have appeared on the outer skin, and it's like an extra layer and it's hard. and these are the spots where i feel the itchiness





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    The hurt could be from stretching your vag, and the itchiness might be from the fingers not being clean enough.

    i have itchiness, discharge, redness and like spots (white). wot can i do to stop this?? x





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    I have a red spot on my bellend which causes no itchiness or pain but doesn't look pleasant.. Can someone help





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    im 15 and i have itchiness down below and im not sexually active and really sore i think it thursh but not too shore anyone any ideas ?





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    I'm 17 and have exactly the same, no itchiness or soreness and it doesnt smell but I do have a the exact symptoms you have. I'm too embarrassed to talk to anyone about it, Please help me too

    The last few days I've been feeling like I need to pee quite bad but when I do go to the toilet nothing or very little actually comes out. I went to the doctors about a week ago about itchiness and they said I had thrush could this be why I feel like this?





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    Hey, im 14 years old. about 3 months ago my vagina was really itchy and very dry but then the itchiness went and now i get ALOT of discharge... what has happened? and how do i stop it?





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    Hey i am 17 and i seem to have a really irritated, my anus is very itchy and feels like there is something up there. It hurts a little but more uncomfortable. The itchiness comes and goes, and i do not know what it is.. Can someone help or understand where i am coming from?





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    Wash your bum you should be fine the itching will defiantly stop

    This could be an irritation from a new bath soap, laundry detergent, lotions, or a new brand of underwear. Or from NOT wearing underwear or changing to G-strings. It could be from sexual stimulation/activity without adequate lubrication. Last of all, it could be pinworms....very common in young people. If the itching occurs mostly at night, take a dispenser of scotch tape and keep it near your bed. When the itching becomes really annoying, try not to move much, and don't turn on the lights. Wrap a 1 and 1/2 inch strip of tape around your index finger, and press the sticky side against your anus. Hold it there for a minute. If you have pinworms, you'll see them. Attach the tape, sticky side down, to a piece of white paper, and take to your doctor. Pinworms are easily treated with a one time dose medication, washing your underwear and sheets in hot, soapy water, and washing your hands VERY well after a bowel movement or scratching! Clean under your fingernails and keep them short. If you share a bed with some one, they will need to be treated and engage in the same house keeping/laundry activities. Could be hemorrhoids too! Don't freak out. This sounds like something to easily be treated. Good luck!

    I am 29 weeks pregnant, and the discharge is giving my vaginal irritation and soreness and itchiness. i wanted to know what this could be?





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    Hi i am 17 and a virgin and since i was about 12 i have had constant discharge, its not yellow or smelly and i have no itchiness but sometimes my vagina seems very irritated and red i can't really talk to anyone about this and not sure if this is normal.





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    Hi Sabrina, It's normal for a woman to have clear discharge.This starts prepubescent to menopause. It's the vaginas natural way of cleaning itself. Try to use no chemicals,unscented shower gel/soap to wash & try not to excessively wash the vaginal area to combat the irritation. Also wear cotton knickers as it helps.

    Hi,my 8 year old son is having a really hard time because of his penis. He suffers from itchiness and pain, i check it nearly everyday and it looks quite sore. Is there anything I can do about this?





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    I have a spot on the outer of my vagina it's painful I have also had some itchiness but I bought thrush cream, it can't be a STI as I have been with my other half 5years, can anyone help me?





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