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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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FAQs

What is included in the online consultation?
Will a doctor review my consultation?
What happens after I submit my order?
Is the price all-inclusive?
Can I place more than one order at a time?
What are my delivery options?
Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?
How do I know which treatment is best for me?
Is this service discreet?
What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

  • Next-day delivery
  • UPS Access Point - convenient parcel drop-off and collection near your home or work address
  • Nominated-day delivery - choose the most convenient day for delivery

All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.

Dr. Sarah Donald Medical review by Dr. Sarah Donald Last review 29 November 2020

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