Treatment for Vaginal Thrush

Treatment for Vaginal Thrush

Thrush is a common condition that affects women. This infection may affect the vagina or mouth. Thrush is a fungal infection caused commonly by Candida. In women, the common signs and symptoms of vaginal thrush are:

  • Soreness
  • The discharge does not usually smell
  • Burning or itchiness of the vagina
  • Discharge from the vagina

Even though less common, thrush infection can also affect men characterized by:

  • Unpleasant odor
  • Discharge present
  • A rash present

The following patients must see a doctor if they experience any signs and symptoms of thrush:

  • Anyone who is hypersensitive to Imidazole antifungal group of drugs 
  • History of a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or partner with STD
  • Aged below 16 or over 60
  • Anyone who had more than two episodes of thrush in the last six months

Vaginal Thrush is treated with antifungal medications known as Imidazoles with two medications available:

  • Clotrimazole
  • Fluconazole

Vaginal Thrush Treatment

Clotrimazole Cream

Clotrimazole Cream for thrush is available as 1% and 2% creams. Both creams are available as pharmacy-only medication used for the treatment of Vaginal Thrush.

Clotrimazole 1% Cream is available under many brands:

  • Canesten 1% Cream
  • Boots Thrush 1% Cream
  • Morrisons Thrush Relief 1% Cream
  • Tesco 1% Thrush Cream

This cream is indicated for adolescents and adults over 16 and below 60 years of age for the treatment of Vaginal Thrush. Clotrimazole 1% Cream should be applied 2 to 3 times. If there are no improvements after 7 days, call your doctor right away.

Clotrimazole 2% Cream is sold under the brand name Canesten Thrush External Cream 2%. This comes as a single dose inside an applicator. The cream is inserted into the vagina with a preferred night-time administration.

  • For the treatment Vaginal Thrush, this should be applied 2 to 3 times until symptoms go away.
  • For the treatment of thrush in men, this cream should be applied 2 to 3 times a day for up to 2 weeks.

Canesten Thrush Duo External Cream and Oral Capsule

Canesten Thrush Duo has Clotrimazole 2% external cream and a single dose of Fluconazole antifungal drug. Combination of external cream with capsules guarantees that the cause of thrush is treaded. Patients also get relief from the main external symptoms such as soreness and itchiness of the vulva. At the start of the treatment, a single capsule should be taken. Canesten Thrush Duo must be applied 2 to 3 times daily until symptoms improve. If there are no improvements in 7 days, you should speak to your doctor. Usually, within two days of starting the treatment, there are already improvements. This medication is not recommended for use in pregnancy as well as Fluconazole.

Alternative Treatment for Vaginal Thrush

Other option for treatment of thrush available from the pharmacy includes:

  • Canesten Thrush Pessary 500 mg
  • Canesten 200 mg Pessary
  • Canesten 100 mg Pessary

Self-Care Measures to Prevent Thrush

The following must be avoided to lessen the chances of getting thrush:

  • Wearing non-absorbent underwear
  • Wearing tight clothing
  • Use of soap or shower products to clean the vulval area
  • Cleaning vulval more than once a day
  • Vaginal douching

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