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Thrush Treatments

We stock trusted, safe and effective treatments for thrush in both men and women, available to buy online with no prescription needed, free delivery over £40 and discreet service.

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For the treatment of Thrust we stock Canesten branded medication in the forms of cream, oral capsules and pessaries (tablets you insert into your vagina).

The active ingredient in Canesten creams and pessaries is called clotrimazole. This is an antifungal medication and can be used by most adults and children, however some creams and pessaries aren’t recommended for those under 16 or over 60.

The active ingredient in the Canesten tablets we stock is fluconazole. This is an antifungal medication and can be used by most adults and children, and is used to treat many infections, not just thrush.

Medication should be effective in clearing up your thrush within a week, but it’s best to continue taking the medication for about two weeks to stop it coming back.


What is thrush?


Thrush is a common yeast (fungal) infection that can affect anyone irregardless of gender and age. It is usually harmless, but it can be quite uncomfortable and keep coming back without proper treatment.

Thrush symptoms can affect the genital area as well as other areas of the skin such as the armpits, groin, mouth, throat and between the fingers. Sometimes, thrush causes no symptoms at all so it’s always good to consult your GP if you have concerns.


What causes thrush?


Thrush is caused by a fungus called candida, that is normally harmless but can cause irritation if overgrown. Thrush usually grows in warm, moist conditions, and it develops if the balance of bacteria changes.


Contrary to some belief, thrush is not classed as a sexual transmitted infection (STI). But because it can affect the genetalia, it can be triggered by sex.


What does thrush look like?


There are a few things that all types of thrush have in common—namely a white, cottage cheese-like look and irritation.

Thrush symptoms in women can include:

  • White vaginal discharge, similar to cottage cheese, which won’t usually have a smell
  • Itching and irritation around the vagina
  • Soreness and stinging during sex or peeing

Thrush symptoms in men can include:

  • A white discharge, similar to cottage cheese
  • Irritation, burning and redness around the head of the penis and under the foreskin
  • An unpleasant smell
  • Difficulty pulling back the foreskin

Thrush symptoms in other areas may include:

  • White, slightly raised lesions in your mouth, on your tongue or inner cheeks.
  • Loss of taste
  • Red, itchy or painful rash that scales over with white or yellow discharge (may not be as prominent on darker skin)
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing

Do I need a prescription for thrush medication?


You don’t need a prescription for thrush medication, but we do recommend that you speak to a GP about your symptoms if:

  • This is your first time experiencing thrush
  • You’ve had thrush more than twice in the past 6 months, or more than 4 times in the past 12 months
  • You’re under 16 or over 60
  • You’re pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You have a weakened immune system