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Thrush Symptoms and Treatments

Symptoms and causes of thrush

Vaginal thrush is a common fungal infection that will be experienced by almost 75% of women at some point in their lives. It's caused by an overgrowth of the Candida albicans fungus and is also known as a yeast infection. It's not likely to be serious or lead to serious complications if it's experienced by adult women, but it can be uncomfortable and extremely disruptive, which is why treatments are often considered even though most infections can go away on their own.

Vaginal thrush infections happen when there is a disturbance of vaginal flora, leading to an increase in the growth of Candida. In order to restore the balance, treatments such as Diflucan and Gyno-Daktarin can be used as they limit the spread of the fungus, allowing the body to restore natural balance, relieving itching and swelling.

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Diflucan fluconazole 150mg capsule
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Pack of Gyno-Daktarin 20mg/g vaginal cream
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The causes of thrush

As already mentioned, thrush symptoms develop because Candida albicans is allowed to grow uninhibited due to a disturbance of the vaginal environment. Candida is naturally present in the vagina and its numbers are kept in check by bacteria, but if the bacteria are unable to perform their function, Candida can spread and grow. Thrush infections are therefore often associated with the use of antibiotics, chemotherapy, harsh vaginal cleansing treatments and even wearing tight underwear, because these factors can all have an influence on vaginal bacteria levels.

The symptoms

Thrush has a number of distinct symptoms that include: a red or swollen vulva, changes in vaginal discharge that give it a consistency similar to cottage cheese, discomfort when urinating and pain during sex. However sometimes symptoms may not be that obvious, in which case a doctor may have to perform a smear test to make a diagnosis.

Patients who are experiencing thrush symptoms for the first time should go to their doctor first, before self-medicating.

Preventing vaginal thrush

You can reduce your risk of developing a thrush infection by avoiding the use of perfumed vaginal cleansing products or body washes, you should also try and avoid wearing tight clothing and underwear that doesn't breathe.

It's important to have good feminine hygiene practices in place, but over-using vaginal disinfectants can also lead to issues. Keep your intimate cleansing regimen as simple as possible and always make sure that you rinse properly with warm water after having used a cleanser.

Vaginal thrush treatment

Thrush is such a commonly experienced feminine problem that there are many known over-the-counter and home remedies. However, in cases where an infection is particularly stubborn or keeps on returning, your doctor may recommend a prescription antifungal treatment.

Prescription thrush medications include Diflucan and Gyno-Daktarin, which are both clinically proven to target and kill the Candida fungus to restore balance. Diflucan is an oral antifungal treatment whereas Diflucan is applied directly to the affected area, although these may be used alongside one and other to form a more comprehensive treatment.

Ordering treatment online

The prescription medications Diflucan and Gyno-Daktarin are both available to order from 121doc, simply choose a treatment and complete the online consultation that makes up part of the ordering process. This will be checked by our doctor who will provide a prescription or a recommendation that is most suited to your needs. All prescriptions are passed directly to our pharmacy from where your treatment will be shipped directly to you. All orders receive free next day delivery from Royal Mail.

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