Thrush

Thrush affects both men and women. Thrush in women is characterised by vaginal discharge, pain during sex, and itching, redness,soreness of the vulva and the vagina. Although thrush can be triggered by sex, it is not classified as a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is usually a harmless infection but can be unpleasant and uncomfortable.

Thrush is usually treated with medication available in the pharmacy or on prescription from your GP. MedsNow offers a range of treatments that is effective in treating thrush.

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Fluconazole

Fluconazole is a medication used to treat fungal and yeast infections. Fluconazole is an effective antifungal treatment for thrush in men and women. It treats infections and symptoms such as itching, soreness, and changes in discharge.

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Gyno-Daktarin

Gyno - Daktarin for women, is an antifungal cream used to treat vaginal thrush. Gyno – Daktarin is a vaginal cream containing the active ingredient miconazole. This is an effective anti-fungal medication used to treat infections caused by fungi and yeast.

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Thrush is an infection caused by candida albicans, a yeast (fungus), naturally occurring on the skin, gut and vagina. It is usually kept under control by other 'friendly' bacteria in the body, but when the conditions are not favourable, especially inwarm, moist conditions, the yeast overgrows, creating an imbalance, leading to thrush.

Thrush is more likely to develop in the following situations: 

  • You are taking antibiotics which kills/weakens the good bacteria allowing the prevalent yeast to outgrow in numbers 

  • You're pregnant

  • Uncontrolled diabetes

  • You use perfumed soaps and shower gels

  • You've been through the menopause 

  • You have a weakened immune system (due to HIV or other medical conditions)

 

The following are the symptoms of thrush in women:

  • White, usually odourless vaginal discharge (like cottage cheese) 

  • Soreness and stinging when peeing or during sex

  • Irritation and itching around the vagina

 

Your GP is likely to do the following:  

  • Take a detailed history of your symptoms 

  • Examine your genitals

  • Take a swab from the affected area and send for further testing to confirm the diagnosis

 

There are various treatment options for vaginal thrush.

1. Topical antifungal cream: This cream isapplied to the skin around the vagina. 

2.Vaginal pessary: This is inserted into the vagina.The infection is targeted at the source to restore the natural balance and clear the symptoms of thrush. 

3. Oral medication: This works the same way as the localised options. It is mostly preferred as it is practical and convenient(a single dose can help you get rid of the infection).

These treatment options for vaginal thrush are available on MedsNow through an easy and trustworthy process. 

Topical thrush treatments and tablets available on MedsNow are: 

  • Fluconazole

  • Diflucan

  • Gyno-DAKTARIN

  • Canesten Thrush Duo

 

What is a yeast infection?

Yeast is normally present on our body (in the mouth, intestines, and on the skin). However, few factors like stress, or antibiotic use, can throw off the microbial balance in the body, causing the yeast to overgrow and cause an infection. 

What does vaginal thrush look like?

Vaginal thrush makes the skin around your vagina sore and itchy. Vaginal discharge is also a common symptom of vaginal thrush. The discharge is thick, odourless and white, resembling cottage cheese. 

How long does a yeast infection/vaginal thrush last?

This depends on two factors: how severe it is and how it is treated. If the yeast infection is mild, it may clear up in maybe three days. Sometimes, the infection does not require treatment. However, moderate to severe yeast infections may last up to 1 to 2 weeks, after one dose of medicine or using the cream daily. 

Is thrush a yeast infection?

Yes, thrush is a yeast infection. It is caused by the candidaalbicans, which lives harmlessly inside the vagina, in the mouth and on the skin. When the natural balance is disrupted, an infection is triggered. 

Do I need to see a doctor if I get vaginal thrush?

You need to see a doctor if you: 

  • experience thrush symptoms for the first time

  • are under 16 years or over 60 years

  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

  • are not responding to the thrush treatment 

  • experience recurrent thrush, more than twice in 6 months

  • have thrush and a weakened immune system (because of HIV, diabetes, or chemotherapy)

Does Canesten cream get rid of thrush?

Yes. Canesten is an effective treatment option for thrush: 

  • The creams and pessaries are used at the site of infection

  • It treats thrush at the source

  • It provides rapid relief from external itching

  • Heals internally and cools irritations externally 

Can Canesten make itching/thrush worse?

Rarely. Canestenmay cause side effects which may be very similar to the symptoms of the infection. If you see your symptoms getting worse, stop the treatment and visit your doctor as soon as possible. 

What is the best Canesten treatment for thrush?

Whether it is for the first time or recurrent infection, your GP will be the best person to recommend the best Canesten thrush treatment for you. Canesten is available in topical and oral forms. The doctor may choose the right treatment,depending on the severity of your condition. 

What helps with thrush itching?

There are various over-the-counter antifungal creams, ointments or suppositories (Miconazole or Clotrimazole) that can help you get rid of thrush itching. It can take up to a week for the symptoms to subside. Your doctor may also prescribe a single-dose pill (fluconazole) to clear the symptoms and treat the infection. 

What if the treatment doesn't work?

If your symptoms don't get better within a week or two (or if the symptoms keep coming back), contact your doctor.

The doctor may take a swab to check the reason. Your doctor may even prescribe a longer course of treatment or prescribe a combination of medicines which are not available over-the-counter. 

Reasons why thrush treatment may fail, are: 

  • The symptoms may not be of thrush but of some other condition that mimics thrush. A vaginal swab helps the doctor confirm the cause of the symptoms. 

  • You may not have taken the treatment correctly.

  • Although most bouts of thrush are caused by candida albicans, there could be other strains of candida that may not respond to the anti-thrush medicines. 

  • You may have had a quick recurrence of a new thrush infection (this may happen if you have a weakened immune system or are on antibiotics).

Is thrush worse at night?

The vulvar itching can be irritating and annoying, especially at night. Although this itchiness is persistent even in the day, at night, it might seem pronounced because there are fewer distractions, making us hyperaware of the itching.

Will my period flush out a yeast infection?

No. It may seem like the symptoms have disappeared during your period because the blood flow changes the vaginal pH level, and candida cannot grow in a high pH environment. However, the symptoms come back once your period is over.

Can drinking lots of water get rid of a yeast infection?

Candida albicans which causes thrush, is an aggressive fungus. The infection won't go away by drinking more water than you normally do. 

What can mimic a yeast infection?

There are a few conditions that mimic a yeast infection. Some of them include:  

  • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like herpes, genital warts and trichomoniasis

  • A skin reaction or allergy to some sanitary products, feminine hygiene products, laundry soap or bath soap

  • Lack of estrogen can cause discomfort, itching or discharge

  • Haemorrhoids can cause itching or irritation in the vaginal area

Does sex cause thrush?

Yeast infections are not considered a sexually transmitted disease. So, sex cannot be the cause of thrush. 

How long does Canesten cream take to work?

The symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection should show signs of subsiding within a few hours of taking Canesten, but it may take up to 1 week for the symptoms to go away completely. 

Where to buy thrush treatment?

You can usually buy thrush medicines in the pharmacies (over the counter or on doctor's prescription). MedsNow also sells various thrush medicationsonline. Just place the order and get it delivered at your doorstep. 

Does thrush affect fertility?

No. It does not affect fertility in men nor in women. 

What thrush treatment can be used when pregnant?

If you're pregnant, see your doctor before using treatments for thrush. Usually, during pregnancy, thrush is treated with a cream or a tablet containing clotrimazoleinserted into the vagina. Fluconazole (antifungal) tablets can also be used to treat thrush. 

Can my diet affect thrush?

No. There is no relationship between diet and thrush. 

Is thrush contagious?

No. This infection is triggered by the imbalance of natural bacteria and hence cannot be caught by casual contact with items like toilet seat and towels. 

Can my partner catch it during sex? 

It is highly unlikely to be passed on to your partner during sex, as the fungus is present on the skin or in the bowel. 

Can thrush cause bleeding? Is vaginal bleeding is a common symptom of yeast infections?

No. Bleeding is likely when you scratch the sore and irritated skin so much so that it bleeds. 

What is oral thrush in women? 

Oral thrush is characterised by a strange white rash inside your mouth. It's also called oral candidiasis and is a yeast infection. 

Symptoms of oral thrush:

  • Creamy white, slightly raised lesions on yourinner cheeks, tongue, and sometimes also on the roof of your mouth, tonsils and tonsils

  • Lesions resemble cottage cheese

  • There is redness, burning or soreness that may cause difficulty while eating or swallowing

  • If lesions are rubbed or scraped, there may be slight bleeding 

  • Corners of your mouth may crack or bleed

  • Loss of taste

What causes oral thrush?

When candida albicans, which are normally present in the mouth (kept in control by the good bacteria), overgrows due to certain conditions or illnesses, there is a microbial imbalance that causes oral thrush. Some factors that contribute are: 

  • Uncontrolled diabetes

  • Stress 

  • Cancer

  • HIV infection

  • Breastfeeding 

  • Smoking

  • Ill-fitting dentures

Treatment for oral thrush:

Doctors may recommend antifungal medication in liquid, cream and gel form. You can use Daktarin Sugar Free Oral Gel to relieve the symptoms of oral thrush.

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