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    Welcome to A2A, Amar2801.

    Kidney stones crystallise out of the urine, gradually building up and becoming bigger. This can happen when the urine is too concentrated, so the best way of preventing them is by drinking plenty of water, making sure you keep well hydrated.

    The actual compound that crystallises out varies. It is most often calcium oxalate, but stones of calcium phosphate, uric acid, or magnesium ammonium phosphate, are also commonly seen.

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    I should add that I don't deny the psychology, which seems to be universal across cultures. Perhaps it is like the peacock's tail, that a large one demonstrates a male who has the extra strength to support it--or in the human case, a healthy blood supply.

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    Welcome to A2A, baukim1993.

    Your argument is based on the idea that (1) if your penis is bigger it will have more nerve endings, and (2) that more nerve endings would create a stronger impression in the brain. I'm not sure that either of these is obviously true. In particular, we know that the number of nerve endings per area of skin is not at all the same over the body (sensors are particularly concentrated in areas where they are needed most, such as fingers, face, tongue, and genitalia). So skin isn't made with a particular number of nerve endings per square centimetre. It might just as easily be that the number of nerve endings is exactly the same, regardless of size.

    I do accept that there is a psychological advantage to a large penis, and also that, all other things being equal, it is likely to give more sensation to a woman--though too much will give pain. However, a big penis needs more blood to fill it, and I get the impression it is often less hard and rigid in erection. In any case, technique in usage is surely more important.

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    You need to talk. Almost certainly there's a reason, but it might take a lot of discussion with her to work it out. It might relate to past experiences, but we shouldn't try to guess.

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    From the occasional word I have heard here, I suspect that keeping a collection of selfies and self-videos may be not be so rare. Perhaps it's just that many guys like to see themselves as porn stars. :)

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    Welcome to A2A, awkwardteen. It sounds like it might a yeast infection (= a fungal infection: yeasts are single-celled fungi). These are quite common, and don't imply you have been having sex. You can get a cream for it without prescription at a pharmacy. There are some specially made for vaginal yeast infections, but any anti-fungal cream would help. There might be something already in the home medicine cupboard.

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    @Qwerty Glucocorticosteroids like betamethasone constrict blood vessels, so the effect of becoming paler is to be expected. They are powerful anti-inflammatories, so if there is any inflammation they will reduce it, but they may well reduce intercellular fluid volume even if it is at normal levels (i.e. they might temporarily make the bump smaller even if it is not actually inflamed).

    Corticosteroids only affect symptoms, not causes, so don't point us in any particular direction.

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    @Qwerty What cream did you use? I'm still not convinced it is inflamed--I think it may just be well-supplied with blood vessels.

    The glans doesn't look as dry as would be seen in, say, someone who is circumcised. I think it's in the normal range.

    I don't think diet has anything to do with it.

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    Interesting--thanks for putting the picture up--it helps answer some of the questions. It doesn't look to me like there is any inflammation, and therefore there is probably no infection. (This is consistent also with your having it all your life.)

    It looks like a minor disorder of development of that bit of the tissue--my guess is some type of mucosal nevus--like a mole but in this case not pigmented. At any rate, if it has stayed much the same for most of your life, I think it is not going to be a problem, except, of course, your attitude to it. Try to accept it as part of your individuality. It won't 'infect' anyone else, and I think few people would even notice.

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    kurumi, was it you who wrote https://forums.afraidtoask.com/topic/28208/cant-live-with-myself-still ?

    If you didn't write it, then you should use your own words and not someone else's.

    But if you did write it, it has been eight years now (nine if it's the same girl as in https://forums.afraidtoask.com/topic/25355/cant-get-over-her ). It is important to move on, and it's a worry that the words are identical. What has happened in your life since then?

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    Welcome to A2A, SaberOfNull. What an interesting and thoughtful post!

    Fetishes are often considered to arise from a particular life-event, one that left a deep and lasting impression, that associates the fetish with sex. Can you think of any incident from your memory that might have associated high socks with pleasure or attraction?

    There is of course a second, unspoken, question, of what appears to be a general sexual apathy, for which there could be very many reasons, including depression, some medication, low hormone levels, etc, etc.

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    Welcome to A2A, Fintiout. The sooner you get it removed the better, and the better you will feel. They will take a generous margin around, but the scar will not be too severe--a small duelling scar.

    You can just tell your children you are getting a worrisome mole removed.

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    Welcome to A2A, nguyenhaongnam.

    Usually you'd expect to find improvement in the symptoms within a few days, if the infection is near the skin surface. If the infection is in deeper layers of the skin, or if it's a particularly bad one, it might be a week.

    If there is no change after two weeks, it might be an infection with clotrimazole-resistant yeast, or with a different type of microorganism, such as bacteria.

    Make sure you use it regularly, twice a day. Keep using it for two weeks after the symptoms have gone, to get the last traces out and make sure it doesn't come back when you stop.

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    @Jac72 Thanks for telling us that, Jac72. I think some readers might find it very helpful. Welcome to A2A!

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    Putting on weight seems to be pretty much a matter of how many calories we take in versus how many we burn up. If we take in more than we burn up, we put on weight. If we burn up more than we take in, we lose weight.

    Putting on weight as we get older happens because as we get older we burn fewer calories: partly because our body metabolism slows, and partly because we tend to run around less and sit around more. If we eat as much as before, it's now more than we need, and weight gain ensues.

    Exercise can of course help. But if exercising leads you to eat more, it won't help. It in fact takes a lot of extra exercise to use the calories of a small amount of food--our body metabolism, keeping our bodies warmer than the outside temperature, takes most calories. So diet control is essential.

    Essentially, you have to eat fewer calories than you want. That is not easy, and all the diet plans, most of them not very effective, are aiming for this. You have to find what works for you, and stick with it. Going on a crash diet, then going back to normal, doesn't usually work, as you just go back to where you were before. You have to find something you can do permanently.

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    @Geraldtucker99 Welcome to A2A, Geraldtucker99!

    That's a very interesting article, but it's important to realise the considerable limitations. It applies only to special strains of marijuana that have been bred to have high cannabidiol and low THC--this is very different from recreational marijuana, which has high THC. Also, it will only work for people who over-eat because of stress--there are other possible reasons for over-eating, which it presumably won't work for.

    It's also worth noting that there are other treatments for stress/anxiety.

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