Confidential treatment for the symptoms of thrush including vaginal preparations, capsules and thrush cream for men.
Thrush is caused by a yeast infection, usually the yeast called candida albicans. Symptoms of thrush in women include soreness and irritation in and around the vagina, with redness and inflammation of the skin and, in more severe cases, swelling of the entrance to the vagina.
The inflammation of thrush can cause burning when passing urine (dysuria). Active thrush can also produce a discharge, usually described as cheese like, although it can be creamy or mucous like. In very severe cases the skin can crack and ulcerate.
In men thrush can cause soreness and inflammation of the head of the penis.
Why some people get thrush
Most women and men who get thrush symptoms are entirely healthy. The yeast causing thrush is naturally occurring and is often present in the vagina and in other places on the body. It normally does not cause symptoms.
The reason thrush becomes active and produces symptoms from time to time in some people is not well understood. Symptomatic thrush is more common in women with diabetes, in pregnancy, when antibiotics are being taken, and when there is a generalised illness reducing the body's immunity. In most cases thrush just flares up for no known reason.
Treatment for thrush
Dr Fox provides the most widely used types of capsules and creams to treat thrush. These treatments are with drugs called imidazoles: Canesten contains the imidazole clotrimazole, while Gyno-Daktarin contains miconazole.
Sometimes it is useful to change from one imidazole to another when one treatment has not worked.
Thrush in women is usually treated with pessaries (vaginal tablet) or cream inserted in the vagina and creams applied to the skin around the entrance to the vagina. The pessary or vaginal cream can be either a single one-off dose or daily dose for 3-6 days. The cream, used externally around the vaginal area, is usually applied 2-3 times daily for a week.
Alternatively there is a single-dose anti-fungal capsule (Fluconazole/Diflucan 150mg) to treat thrush. This anti-fungal medication eliminates thrush from the body, including thrush in the vagina. This capsule treatment may be more effective, in some cases, than pessaries and creams. A capsule is less messy to use. It is possible to use both capsules and creams and pessaries at the same time.
Further information about thrush in women and its treatment see NHS vaginal thrush page.
Thrush in men is usually treated by applying a cream to the head of the penis 2-3 times daily for 10 to 14 days. Thrush in men can also be treated by taking the same single-dose anti-fungal capsule (Fluconazole 150mg) as is used to treat thrush in women.
Further information about male thrush and its treatment see NHS thrush page.
Response to treatment
Symptoms of thrush usually settle completely within 10 days of starting treatment. Women prone to repeated episodes of thrush often need to repeat treatment every few weeks or months.
If thrush symptoms have not resolved within 10 days medical advice should be sought.
Do partners need treatment for thrush?
Thrush is not a sexually transmitted disease in the sense that the yeast that causes the infection is present naturally and can flare up without any sexual contact. However, men and women can pass infection backwards and forward from penis to vagina, with often only one partner having symptoms of thrush.
For women who get regular thrush there is sometimes a benefit in treating male partners simultaneously. Similarly, in men who have irritation at the head of the penis caused by thrush, simultaneous treatment of female partners may reduce recurrence.
Creams and pessaries may cause skin irritation.
Very little of the active ingredients of creams and pessaries are absorbed into the body.
The more common side effects for the anti-fungal capsule (Fluconazole/Diflucan 150mg single-dose) are gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and flatulence. Other adverse events such as a rash are encountered rarely. Headache has been associated with Fluconazole 150mg oral capsule. For other rare side effects see the patient information leaflets (links below).
- If a diagnosis of thrush has not been made previously it is best to consult with your regular doctor to confirm the diagnosis.
- Symptoms not resolving within 10 days require investigation.
- Pregnant women should not take Fluconazole capsules.
- Thrush treatments do not deal with sexually transmitted disease. If sexually transmitted disease is suspected investigations are needed. Chlamydia tests and treatment can be obtained from Dr Fox.
Dr Fox supplies thrush treatment on prescription – you are required to answer a short medical questionnaire before your order can be completed.
Authored 18 February 2010 by Dr Tony Steele
Last updated 20 June 2019
Canesten combi cream (clotrimazole)
Internal & external £14.50Buy treatment
Canesten thrush cream (clotrimazole)
20g tube £6.40Buy treatment
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Gyno-Daktarin cream (miconazole)
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Canesten combi pack (clotrimazole)
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|Canesten combi pack (Clotrimazole) 1 treatment||One dual pack (500mg pessary plus 10g 2% cream)||£13.50|
|Canesten combi cream (Clotrimazole) 1 treatment||One dual pack (5g vaginal cream plus 10g 2% cream)||£14.50|
|Canesten thrush cream (Clotrimazole)||20g tube 2% cream||£6.40|
|Gyno-Daktarin intravaginal cream (Miconazole 2%)||78 grams cream with applicator 1 treatment||£12.20|
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|Fluconazole 150mg single-capsule||Two single dose packs||£8.90|
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