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Thrush

What is Thrush?

Thrush is an inflammation of the vagina and vulva (outer parts of the genitals.) It is caused by a type of yeast called Candida.

Thrush is often experienced during pregnancy.

What are the Symptoms of Thrush?

  • Itching and soreness of your vulva and vagina.
  • Vaginal discharge - usually tick and white.
  • Red, cracked and inflamed skin on the vagina and vulva.
  • Stinging while urinating.
  • Pain during sex.

How do I get diagnosed for Thrush?

If you are experiencing these symptoms for the first time, please visit your GP as they will need to examine you. 

During the examination the GP may need to do a test with a long cotton bud to collect a sample of any discharge in your vagina.

The sample will be sent to the lab to be testing, the test doesn't usually hurt but it is uncomfortable.

Canesten Thrush Cream

What is Canesten Thrush Cream & what is it used for?

Canesten Thrush Cream relieves irritation of the vulva which is caused by vaginal thrush. Although this cream provides relief from the external irritation caused by the vaginal thrush, it cannot treat any internal (vaginal) cause of infection. You can consult with one of our pharmacist to recommend a treatment for internal infection.

Only use this product if you have been previously diagnosed by your doctor as having vaginal thrush.

Some women suffer from recurrent attacks of thrush. To reduce the frequency of these attacks, the sexual partner's penis can be treated with this cream to prevent reinfection, even if they have no symptoms of thrush. 

The active substance in Canesten Thrush Cream is clotrimazole. It belongs to a group of medicines called azoles and is an antigungal agent which fights the cause of infections such as vaginal thrush.

How to Use Canesten Thrush Cream?

Women: If Canesten Thrush Cream has been prescribed for you by your doctor, follow any instructions he/she may have given you. If you purchased this product without a prescription, follow these directions closely:

  • Before use, pierce the tube seal by inverting the cap over the end of the tube and press.
  • To treat the itching and soreness of vulva, the cream should be thinly and evenly applied to the area around the entrance of the vagina, 2-3 times a day and smoothed in gently.  A product to treat the internal infection should be used at the same time.

Treatment should be continued until symptoms of the infections disappear. Consult your doctor if the symptoms of your infection do not improve within seven days of finishing treatment for the internal infection.

Treating your sexual partner: If your sexual partner is treated with this cream, the cream should be applied to the end of the penis 2-3 times a day for up to two weeks.

Special Precautions.

  • Avoid sexual intercourse while using this product, as the infection could be transferred to your partner.
  • As with other creams, this product may reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, such as condoms or diaphragms.
  • Consequently, you should use alternative precautions for at least five days after using this product.
  • Do not use tampons, spermicides or other vaginal products while using this product.

Can I use this product in Pregnancy?

Avoid using this cream during the first trimester of pregnancy. If you are pregnant or trying for a baby, tell your doctor or midwife before using Canesten Thrush Cream. Breast-feeding should be discontinued during treatment with this cream.

Canesten Pessary

What is Canesten Pessary & what is it used for?

Canesten Pessary is a single application for the treatment of vaginal thrush. It is inserted into the vagina for treatment at the site of infection.

Only use this product if you have been previously diagnosed by your doctor as having vaginal thrush.

The active substance in Canesten Pessary is clotrimazole. Clotrimazole belongs to a group of medicines called azoles and is an antifungal agent which fights the cause of infections such as vaginal thrush.

How to Use Canesten Pessary?

If Canesten Pessary has been prescribed for you by your doctor, follow any instructions he/she may have given you. If you purchased this product without a prescription, follow these directions closely:

The applicator should be used to insert the pessary as high as possible into the vagina, preferably before going to sleep at night for convenient and comfortable treatment.

Wash your hands before removing the foil from the blister pack and again afterwards when you have used the applicator.

  1. Remove the applicator from the packaging. Pull out the plunger A until it stops. Remove the pessary from the foil blister pack and place firmly into the applicator B.
  2. To fit the pessary into the applicator, the holder of the applicator needs to be squeezed lightly at both sides. The pessary fits tightly into the applicator and needs to be squeezed into the holder to about 1cm.
  3. Carefully put the applicator as deep as is comfortable into the vagina (this is easiest when lying on your back with your knees bent up). Holding the applicator in place, slowly press the plunger until it stops so that the pessary is deposited into the vagina.
  4. Remove the applicator. Dispose of the applicator in a safe place, out of the reach of children. The applicator cannot be flushed down the toilet.

Since the pessary dissolves in the vagina, it may be helpful to wear a panty liner because it is quite common to notice a white chalky residue after using the pessary. This does not mean that the treatment has not worked. However, if you notice pieces of undissolved pessary, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist, as the treatment may not have worked properly.

If your vagina and vulva are itcy and sore, Canesten Cream should also be used. The symptoms of thrush should disappear within three days of treatment. If no improvement is seen after seven days you must tell your doctor. 

Canesten Pessary is for use in the vagina only. Do not put the pessary in your mouth or swallow it.

Special Precautions.

  • Avoid sexual intercourse while using this product, as the infection could be transferred to your partner.
  • As with other pessaries, this product may reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, such as condoms or diaphragms.
  • Consequently, you should use alternative precautions for at least five days after using this product.
  • Do not use tampons, spermicides or other vaginal products while using this product.

Can I use this product in Pregnancy and breast-feeding?

Avoid using pessary during the first trimester of pregnancy. If you are pregnant, breast feeding or trying for a baby, tell your doctor or midwife before using Canesten Pessary. Breast-Feeding should be discontinued during treatment with the pessary.

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What can I do?

  • Wear cotton knickers and loose clothing.
  • Wash daily.
  • After going to the toilet, wipe yourself from the front to back as a thrush infection may be transferred from the bowel.
  • Change your sanitary protection regularly.

What to avoid?

  • Try to avoid wearing tights, nylon knickers and close fitting jeans.
  • Try to avoid washing with perfumed soaps or using vaginal deodorants.
  • Do not wash or rub yourself hard with sponges or flannels and avoid hot baths with strong perfumed oils.

If you are still worried or have any questions about the symptoms or the treatment of thrush, do not hesitate to ask one of our pharmacist.

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