Vaginal Thrush is one of the most common infections affecting the genitals. A yeast called Candida albicans is responsible for the infection and discomfort caused in most cases.   Thrush displays the classical symptoms of a vaginal itch and a discharge. The itch may also sometimes be described as a burning sensation. The discharge varies between individuals and may be of a watery consistency or thicker perhaps similar to yogurt.   Should I see a doctor? It is very important that if any of the following apply, the assistance of a doctor is sought.

  • If you are a first time sufferer.
  • If you are pregnant or likely to be pregnant.
  • If there is any abnormal or irregular vaginal bleeding.
  • If you are under 16 or over 60 years of age.
  • If there is any associated pain with the above symptoms.
  • If you have had more than 2 previous attacks in the past 6 months.
  • If you have a history or have recently been exposed to any other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • If there is any pain on urination (going to the toilet).
  • If there are any sores blisters or ulcers in the vaginal area.


  There are currently two possibilities for the treatment of Thrush available at your local pharmacy for you to purchase. One is called Clotrimazole and the other called Fluconazole.   Important Note: When using either of these preparations make sure you follow any printed directions and consult a medical professional if there is no improvement within 7 days. You should expect to notice some improvement in the condition within 3 days following a single dose treatment although this is not always the case.


  Clotrimazole is available in two forms, a pessary (vaginal tablet) and a cream. The choice of dosage form is important and should be carefully considered. If the infection is deep inside the vagina then the pessary is the better choice, however if it is mainly towards the outside of the body then the cream may be the better choice. The use of either of the items should be discussed fully with a pharmacist before purchasing.     See: How to use pessaries or vaginal cream


  Fluconazole is a preparation that is swallowed orally rather than being applied to the site of the infection. This product acts in a central manner rather than at the site of action. Fluconazole may interfere with other medicines you may be taking and its use should be discussed with a pharmacist.

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