Having a yeast infection can make the ordinary discomforts women routinely endure (thong underwear, anyone?) seem like a walk in the park. A yeast infection can make simply walking in a straight line a heroic task. If you've ever suffered from a yeast infection, at least you know you're not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, seventy-five percent of all women experience at least one vaginal candida or "yeast" infection during their lifetime. The signs of a yeast infection include the following: Vaginal itching Vaginal burning and soreness Thick whitish vaginal discharge Pain or discomfort during intercourse. Vaginal itching Vaginal burning and soreness Thick whitish vaginal discharge Pain or discomfort during intercourse The good news is that a yeast infection is not dangerous. It is usually not sexually transmitted. It does not spread to the ovaries or uterus. And it does not cause infertility. Yeast's Preferred Environment "Y...
About once or
twice a month, I see a young male in his late teens or early 20s who come to me
to evaluate a bump or lesion on his penis. Interestingly, many of these men
have sought evaluation before and STILL don't know what they have.
Here are the
most common causes of this symptom:
grouped lesions on the penis that are painful? Think about genital herpes as the cause. These lesions can also occur on the buttocks or anal area. The
initial outbreak may be associated with fever. Herpes is the most common STD in
and most genital lesions in men are herpes.
Have a bump
that looks like a wart or has a cauliflower appearance? You may have genital
warts. Warts are caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus --
different ones than those that cause cervical cancer in women. In most cases,
the warts do not cause symptoms, but occasionally they can burn, itch or be
tender. They can also produce a discharge. The lesions may be tan, pink or
Vulvodynia is often characterized by burning discomfort, itching , throbbing, or tenderness of the vulva - sometimes in the labia, sometimes around the opening of the vagina , sometimes affecting the vestibular glands - which may be experienced either as diffused irritation or as specific painful spots. The group of symptoms is classified by many names, partly because of the ways in which it may present or respond to treatment: vulvar pain syndrome, focal vulvitis , vestibular adenitis, vulvodynia, vulvar vestibulitis, or simply vestibulitis. A surprising number of women suffer from a condition of chronic , unexplainable pain in the skin of the genitals, which has only recently begun to receive public attention and validation as a legitimate complaint. Efforts to treat the syndrome have been frustrating for women seeking relief as well as for caregivers who attempt to help them. A woman with chronic vestibulitis may trace the onset of the pain to inflammation due to irritants (shampoo, soap,...
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