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I think I have thrush… I think!


Women who commonly treat the symptoms of thrush by using over the counter medication may be doing more harm than good. The symptoms of thrush are similar to other vaginal infections such as bacterial vaginosis or some sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis.


Symptoms of Vaginal Thrush

  • Itching sensation in the intimate area
  • Thick, white foul smelling discharge with a curd-like appearance
  • Reddening and swelling of the vagina
  • Stinging or pain during sex

The following products are available over the counter in Ireland for the treatment of vaginal thrush:


Medicine How it Works
Anti Fungal Cream– Promotes a healthy pH balance externally and reduces symptoms of itching and burning
Pessary– Kills the fungus internally
Canesten 2% Cream
Canesten Pessary
Canesten Combi
Feminine Washes Balances the pH of the intimate area- reducing likelihood of developing thrush Eg; Yes Cleanse intimate wash, Vagisil

Before you decide to treat your vaginal symptoms using over the counter medication consider the following:

  1.     Are you, or could you be pregnant?
  2.     Have you had similar symptoms more than twice in the last 6 months?
  3.     Have you noticed any change in your normal menstrual bleeding?
  4.     Do you have any pain in your lower abdomen?
  5.     Do you have any ulcers, blisters or sores in the affected areas?
  6.     Have you been feeling unwell, been sick or had diarrhea recently?
  7.     Have you or your sexual partner ever has a sexually transmitted disease?

If you answer YES to any of these questions it is possible that you do not have thrush. While other vaginal infections are effectively treatable with medication they will require a visit to your doctor for identification and get a prescription


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