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      04.06.2013 14:50
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      Canesten products work but I'm convinced they could be sold more cheaply,

      INTRODUCTION Thrush is a yeast infection that loves warm, moist parts of the body and can affect both male and female genitalia, as well as the mouth! Oral thrush can be caused by all sorts of things, including asthma inhalers, and has to be treated by prescription medication. Genital thrush can often be treated by over-the-counter meds, and Canesten is the leading brand. Occasional bouts of vaginal thrush are an annoying fact of life for most women. It can be caused by periods, changes in washing powder or toiletries and many other things. It causes itching and soreness around the vulva, and often a gunky discharge from the vagina. It's unpleasant, embarrassing and the discomfort can drive you up the wall! N.B. If you have never had thrush before, or you've had it a lot recently, or you're in any doubt about what has caused your symptoms, you should see a medical professional to confirm diagnosis before self-treating. Canesten have a range of treatments and I use various products depending on the severity or persistance of any thrush attack. Here I shall outline my experiences with various Canesten products. All are purchased direct from the pharmacist (they're kept behind the counter in shops), and most have much cheaper generic counterparts - if you can find them! It's always worth asking the pharmacist if there is a generic equivalent to the product you want as they are often half the price of Canesten. WEAPON #1: CREAM Canesten cream is available in 1% and 2% strength and costs £7-£10 per tube. The active ingredient is clotrimazole. The cream is always my first line of defence if I think I have thrush. I apply a small amount thinly to the affected area. It provides instant, soothing relief from itching but the relief is often short-lived. If the itching gets worse or persists longer than 3 days I switch to weapon #2... WEAPON #2: PESSARY Canesten pessaries are single-application treatments. They're inserted into the vagina with an applicator, very similar to how a tampon is inserted. They release their active ingredient (again clotrimazole) higher up in the body which can treat the site of infection if it's internal. I find the pessary very effective but I always get a chalky residue (the remainder of the pessary) in my underpants for a day or so after use, so I have to wear a sanitary pad to protect my clothes. The pessaries are usually bundled with a small tube of 2% cream so it's good for treating the infection both internally and externally. Price is around £13. Ouch! Occasionally even the pessary doesn't work. Then it's on to the nuclear option... WEAPON #3: ORAL CAPSULE More often than not if I get to this stage I go to my GP and get the generic version on prescription, but Canesten also sell the capsule (for around £11), and there is a variant bundled with cream. The active ingredient in the capsule is fluconazole. I swallow the capsule with water and apply the cream externally, as before. I usually get a major improvement in symptoms within a day or so. OTHER CANESTEN PRODUCTS Canesten also sell cream containing clotrimazole or another active ingredient, bifonazole, for athlete's foot. There is also a cream containing clotrimazole for male thrush (I've been told thrush on your penis is most unpleasant!). There are also pessaries available made from a soft gel. I haven't used these but I imagine the gel would eliminate the chalky residue left over from using the regular pessaries. CONCLUSION Whilst horribly expensive, Canesten products do work for me, but I wish the generic versions of the cream and capsule were more readily available. I'm deducting a star for product price.

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        04.03.2012 16:18
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        treatment to cure thrush by Canesten

        I think most men and women are aware that Canesten is a form of medication designed purely to treat thrush. Now, obviously this is a feminine product but it is the most well known treatment to cure it and I purchased Canesten Pessaries when I had a recent case of thrush. I had never used Canesten before so was a bit unsure of what to do. It isn't the cheapest medicine but if you want rid of your thrush, it is a worthwhile option to try out. There are a lot of different forms of Canesten but you just need to choose the one best for you. APPEARANCE This products comes in a white rectangular box and it has red on it too with the Canesten logo on the front. Inside, you are given a leaflet containing all useful information and health warnings for using Canesten. Inside the box you have a foil tray which contains six pessaries at 100mg each and a white container to put the medicine into for easy insertion. There is not much more information on the box apart from on the reverse that it tells you what exactly is included in the box. CANESTEN PESSARIES So, to begin with the leaflet informs you of what side effects may occur when using these and how exactly to use them safely and warnings also. The pessaries are used to treat thrush, anti fungal agents fight infection. These should be kept out of reach of children at all times and stored at a temperature no higher than 25 degrees Celsius. If you have an allergic reaction to the pessary or have redness, burning pain, itching or swelling, stop using the Canesten Pessaries and inform your doctor right away. So, to use this it recommends that you use Canesten before going to bed for six nights in a row, or you can shorten this time by using two for three nights. I decided to use the six night method, so you put the pessary into your genital area and then push it high up, there is an applicator to help you if you are worried about difficult. Once it is there, you really don't feel it there and it is ok to use, not the most comfortable at times but if it cures thrush then it is really worth it. Now, after using the Canesten for six nights in a row, I was quite glad by the end to be finished with this. However, I found that my thrush had gone completely and although when using the pessary there was sometimes a white discharge which wasn't the most pleasant, there was really no other bad points about using this. It has been a while since I have used it now and I am thankful to say that it has never come back again since using this, so really I am pleased that I persevered with it. I would thoroughly recommend Canesten pessary to anyone who has suffered from thrush and is really finding it uncomfortable. It is worth spending the money on and although it doesn't sound like the most pleasant of treatments, the main thing is that it gives good long lasting results. I think Canesten are a trustworthy brand and made the pessary really very easy to use, if you follow the instructions, it really isn't as complex to use as I may have made it sound. COST To purchase Canesten pessary I bought mine at my local pharmacy but I know that Boots are selling it for £8.99 at the minute. Or you can opt for the pessary and cream method which is £13.49. The official Canesten website is http://www.canesten.co.uk/

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          26.10.2011 15:25
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          A pessary for the treatment of thrush!

          It's not always easy writing review's about your personal problems or things which may happen to your body. Whilst this review isn't the most exciting to read I hope other's may find it useful. ***THRUSH*** Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection and can affect both woman and men. Thrush is a Yeast infection which occurs in the vagina and can come with a number of symptoms. It is harmless but can be re-ccurent and can come back at anytime. Thrush is caused when the natural balance in the vagina is upset, this can be caused by a number of reasons including hormone changes and by taking antibiotics. I'm 26yrs old and have never had thrush before until now. I didn't even know I had thrush until I had been to to the doctors for my smear test. I didn't have any symptoms so was surprised when they told me I had thrush. My thrush was more internal rather than external so I didn't suffer with any itchy or soreness. Not everyone will experience the same symptoms but some of these may include the following: * Itching & soreness around the Vagina * Pain During Sex * Stinging sensation when urinating * Vaginal discharge which may be odourless, thick, thin or watery. If you have severe thrush you may experience different/worse symptons such as: * Redness of the vagina and vulva * Cracked skin around the entrance of the vagina * Swelling of the vagina & vulva * Sores (This is rare, but could also be the sign of a different infection. If you are not sure whether you have thrush, get yourself checked with your doctor as some of the symptons are similar to Sexually Transmitted infections. Whilst thrush isn't a sexually transmitted diesease and your symptoms may not be that bad it's still not nice to have and does need to be treated. In some cases Thrush will clear up by itself, how-ever in other cases you may need to see your doctor in order to get treatment for the problem. If you have had thrush before, you can just go into the pharmacy and ask for the medicine over the counter, without a prescription. ***THE PESSARY*** The pessary is quite pricey and cost me about £8.99. Boots do sell another brand, how-ever I wanted the Canesten one, as I have used a un-branded one before and found it not to be as effective. The applicator and pessary tablet come in a sealed box, which also includes a leaf-let, this gives you information about how to use the product and if you should seek medical advise before using it. As with all medicines, it's well worth reading the leaflet and all the other information on the box. The applicator comes in a seperate box which is inside the main box. The pessary is sealed in a box covered with a foil top as with most tablets. This is best used at night just before bed, this gives the pessary time to work. ***USING THE PRODUCT*** Ensure you wash your hands before using the product, take the applicator and the pessary out from thei packaging. You will need to squeeze the end of the applicator to push the tablet inside the applicator, this should go into the applicator about half way. The tablet isn't very big and is flat with a rounded end and is white in colour. Simply insert the applicator and using the plunger push up to release the tablet. Make sure you throw the applicator away (non-flushable)and wash your hands again. You can't feel the pessary inside you and it didn't cause me any discomfort. As with all medicines this can have side effects, how-ever these are rare and I didn't experience any of these. The pessary gets to work straight away, exactly where the problem is and symptoms should dissapear within 2-3 times. The day after inserting the pessary you may find that you get chalky marks on your under-wear and it's advised in the leaflet that some people like wear a sanitary towel to avoid the marks and discharge it may cause. ***HOW TO PREVENT THRUSH FROM COMING BACK*** * The conditions of the vagina can be changed by using perfumed/strong soaps and other products. Washing with water and unscented soaps can help keep the vagina balanced. * Wear cotton knickers and avoid wearing tight jeans too often. This is to prevent to vagina being constantly moist, warm and airless. * Anti-biotics can kill the harmless bacteria in the vagine which helps to defend against Candida (which is what can cause Thrush.) ***THINGS TO REMEMBER*** * It's not advised to use this product when you are on your period. * If you symptoms have not cleared up within 3 days, then you may need to visit the doctor. * Thrush can be passed onto sexual partners so avoid having sex during this time. * Read all the information in the leaflet * If you find thrush re-occuring visit your doctor * If you have not had thrush before see your doctor and they can help decide the best medicine for you. This may be cream, a pessary or an oral tablet. (review may also appear on ciao)

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            11.12.2010 18:17
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            Good treatment option, much better than creams

            I think I'm fairly lucky in that I don't contract thrush too often. Having said that I have had three bouts this year and I'm suffering with that third bout right now. It's not fun and if you're in the same situation I feel your pain (just be happy it's not cystitis, I know I am!). Thrush is an overgrowth of a naturally occuring yeast in and around the vagina. From experience I can tell you that it causes real discomfort in the form of itching and burning, increased white discharge and, if it gets bad, skin 'down there' starts to slough off. Scary stuff. Help is at hand in the form of Canesten's pessary treatment. It's a tablet designed to be inserted into the vagina using the applicator provided. Once sited it gets to work immediately, dissolving and returning everything to normal. Phew! The tablet itself isn't big, nowhere near the size of a tampon and only a little larger than the bloomin' calcium tablets I take in the morning - by mouth I might add! The applicator provided is straight forward to use (sit the tablet on it, insert like a tampon, remove applicator) but you're not forced to use it if you don't want to. Insertion is really easy and I've never had any discomfort or difficulty. Once inserted you can't feel it at all which is something I think people tend to worry about. As I said before the tablet starts to dissolve and break down, releasing the active ingredients. The outcome of all of this, again you don't feel a thing, is that you end up with crumbly white bits in your knickers the next morning (I tend to insert this at night). No major biggy and it washes out without staining but something that freaked me out when I first used this as I wasn't forewarned! I've used the pessary twice. On the first occasion I'd already used a tablet that didn't work so the Dr. suggested I use the pessary. This worked a treat and within 24 hours I was back to normal. The second time I used the pessary straight away. This time the symptoms definitely decreased substantially but it didn't clear the infection up entirely. I'm not sure why, I had had symptoms for a few days though and was just hoping it'd go away of its own accord. Don't do this! It doesn't go away! Perhaps the yeast growth had taken too strong a hold for one pessary to deal with. Anyhow, an oral tablet sorted me out this time. A treatment that I'd recommend. Very pricey ar £11ish a shot so worth going to the Dr for a prescription if you have the time and the will to live through sitting in the waiting room experience! Chemists usually have a cheaper own-brand version with exactly the same active ingredients which is something to look out for.

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            15.11.2010 23:41
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            Unbeaten for internal use.

            Like a lot of honest women, I am prone to thrush. Once I get it I find it very hard to shake off, and I also find it easy to get. My internal balance must be very fragile. I have tried all the old wives tales, like adding vinegar to my bath etc, but not a lot seems to help. I have tried a wide variety of thrush remedies, some amazing, some good, and some not so good. Also some things are good for different things and have to be used in combination. I soon learnt to diagnose the symptoms myself, after many trips to the doctors. Please beware though, that this review is all my personal opinion and read instructions carefully and ocnsult medical professionals. One of the treatments I have tried is the canesten pessary. Canesten is the biggest name in thrush treatments, mostly due to the big advertising campaign they have had. Everyone will have seen it and had that awkward moment whilst watching it with a friend! Canesten pessary is a relatively large (and by that please don't be scared I mean large compared to a paracetamol tablet) oval white tablet. If you use this without paying much attention you wouldn't even see what the tablet looks like. The tablet is very chalky and sits balanced on a white plastic contraption, which is a bit like an applicator from a tampon. The whole thing is designed to be very easy to use. You need to position it like you would a tampon, drawer the applicator back and insert the tablet upwards towards your cervix. Although it goes against your natural instinct it is much easier the more relaxed you are. If you find it difficult you can always add a bit of vaseline to the end to soften it. The pessary will sit near you cervix and fall apart and slowly make its way down. You shouldn't really feel this or be aware of this but you will get a white powdery residue in your knickers. This comes as a bit of a shock if you are not prepared for it, but is nothing to worry about. Canesten pessary reaches the areas the cream cannot, so it is a great product and calms and eases thrush making oyu much more comfortable. For more serious persistant bouts you may need antibiotics, but for medium level internal thrush this cannot be beaten. Calming and curing.

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            06.11.2010 21:09
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            A treatment for thrush

            Thrush is a common infection caused by the overgrowth of the yeast called Candida. This is a yeast that is commonly present in the vagina in small quantities but can grow out of control if the balance of the vagina is affected. I suffer from thrush every so often, my latest bout being caused by taking a course of double strength antibiotics to treat a chest infection. Canesten is the best known treatment for thrush available in the UK, it is available in many forms including a tablet, creams and pessaries. I chose to buy the Canesten combi packs which contains bot a pessary and cream and cost me £10.99 from Asda pharmacy. Canesten is available either on prescription or over the counter from a pharmacy. I know I should not be embarrased about buying Canesten but there is still a part of me which dreads asking the pharmacist for anything to treat my "naughty" bits. Trust me to get the assistant who gave me the third degree about my symptoms, who shouted "Is Effexor and Canesten a safe combination" to the pharmacist in the back of the shop just to ensure everyone in the shop knew what I was buying. After she finally decided that I could buy the Canesten she looked me in the eye and dropped her voice and proceded to lecture me on the dangers of overwashing my bits in case I washed the good bacteria away and the importance of wearing cotton knickers to let the area breathe and to see my GP if the symptoms don't clear up in a few days. I suppose she was just being thorough but I could really have done without the rigmarole. Canesten combi works by taking a double pronged approach to treating vaginal thrush. The pessary is inserted into the vagina to kill the yeast and the cream relieves the external symptoms. The pessary contains 500mg of the active ingredient Clotrimazole and is inserted using the slightly scary looking plastic applicator provided. The pessary is a large tablet around an inch long and a cm wide and looks chalky, I had expected it to be compressed cream if that makes sense. You need to insert the pessary high up in the vagina, it is recommended that you lie down to do this but I found it just as easy to do sitting on the loo. The applicator is very long and thin so is painless to inset and easy to push the tablet into place and you can't feel the tablet once it has been inserted. I prefer to use the pessary overnight although it can be used at any time of the day. I will warn you that it does cause a bit of a chalky discharge so best to wear some knickers and a pad when using it. I ignored my symptoms of thrush when they were very mild hoping the infection would clear up on its own and as a result the infection suddenly worsened leaving the skin on my vulva very sore and irritated with small red spots and a couple of areas of broken skin. This caused pretty much constant discomfort and was agony when I peed as the urine would inflame the sore bits even more. I found that the canesten cream provided instant cooling relief on the affected areas, the relief would last for a good few hours between applications before I needed to reapply the cream. I would apply a thin layer of the white cream after going to the toilet and showering and it took a couple of days for the inflamation to fully heal. The cream is also Clotrimazole based and contains 2% of the active ingredient. Canesten may seem fairly expensive at over £10 for a treatment pack but I am happy to pay that money since it is so effective. I find that the pessary works overnight to kill the internal infection which stops the nasty discharge that thrush causes while the external cream soothes the itch and pain instantly until the external irritation is cleared up. I have never had any kind of untoward reaction when using Canesten and only once tried an unbranded cream from the chemist to treat thrush and I found it was not nearly as effective so worked out being a false economy. Based on my own experience of using Canesten combi I would say that it is a highly effective treatment for treating vaginal thrush however it is worth remembering I am an unqualified member of the public so if you have any doubt about your symtptoms or treatment options to go and see a doctor or pharmacist.

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              22.06.2010 12:54
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              Canesten really is the best on the market for thrush

              I find myself suffering from really persistent thrush on a regular basis. At this stage I'm well past the point of being embarrassed when I am standing in the chemist buying a Canesten box. I have type 2 diabetes which I have a diet for. And when I fall off the sugar wagon I pay for it by thrush among other things. So while I see the 'knowing' looks of the other customers in the chemist, when they see me standing with the distinctive Canesten box, I have got to a point where I can just shrug it off now. ------------------- What is thrush? ------------------ A little bit of background on vaginal thrush would probably be the best place to start for the review. Thrush is a yeast infection caused by a germ called Candida. We can carry this germ without problem, but certain factors can cause it to get quite angry and multiply. It could be something as simple as a hormonal imbalance, or wearing the wrong trousers that could cause an issue. This would create a warm moist environment where the germ would easily flourish. When thrush kicks in, you will find that you are incredibly uncomfortable. It is usually defined by an itch that you just cannot relieve and eventually rawness. Some people suffer discharge. All in all, it is really unpleasant. While it won't stop you going about your every day business, it will drive you absolutely batty. As Candida is a yeast infection, it flourishes in sugary moist conditions. Being a Diabetic means that when I'm not regulating my diet properly I pass sugar in my water. Thrush loves this. When I don't regulate my diet I pass water more often, and so the cycle begins. I was naughty at the weekend and ate far too many foods that I know don't agree with me. And as my reward I am in the middle of another stubborn bout of Thrush. ------------------------- The Canesten Range ------------------------ At this stage I think I have been through the whole of the Canesten range of products. They really are the best on the market and can be purchased over the counter. I'll give a brief synopsis of the products Canesten Oral and Cream Duo _________________________ In my local chemist, they tend to keep this one behind the counter rather than out in the shop but I don't know what the reason for that would be. It consists of the easy to swallow tablet, and a small tube of the Canesten cream which relieves the symptoms for you. I personally find this works every time. It is also the one that I would get for those unfortunate times that I have to treat my other half too! As obviously he can't insert a pessary. I don't like the cream. Usually the tablet is enough on its own. Canesten Cream Combi _____________________ The cream combi is the one that I would pick only if I was really desperate. It has a tube of cream (same as the option above) and a cream and applicator to insert right in to the vagina. I admittedly only purchased this once. It is quite messy and fiddly. However. It did work for me. I just do not appreciate the feeling of the cream 'in there' Canesten Combi ______________ The Canesten Combi is my first choice. It involves putting a tablet pessary right up into the vagina. You get a little stick applicator and a tablet and you pop the tablet in the applicator and pop it up inside. The sensation of the tablet up there is only momentary and it is easy to forget that it's there. Be aware though, that as the tablet starts to break and work, it will fall out and crumble in your pants. Most definitely wear your old knickers on these days! It is best inserted at night time. The reason why this is my favourite is that when the pessary is in there, you feel the ease immediately. It feels to be doing something from the second it is in there. The only bad aspect of this option is that if your thrush has really taken hold, it can take a second attempt a few days later to get yourself totally clear. It's really only good if you have identified thrush within a day or two of it developing. It also comes with a tube of cream. Again, I personally don't really use this very often. ---------------------- Other Information ---------------------- Thrush treatments from Canesten are at the more expensive end of the market. You will typically pay around £11 for one of the Combi boxes. For this reason, if I find that I have a case that is being really stubborn, I would have to go to the doctor. If it hasn't gone away on the first application that I purchase out of my own pocket then I really can't afford to pay a further £11. The doctors will prescribe it for me, so at least I can get it free. Because of the number of times that I suffer from thrush, I easily spend £150+ a year on treatments. There are other ways that I have found to ease the feeling of thrush in those few hours where you realise that it's starting to appear and you're nowhere near a chemist. The old chestnut of "live natural yoghurt" really does help immensely. However it is as messy as anything. If you can bear a fairly horrific sting, witch hazel gel will stop itching for a few hours. But be prepared for the fact that it will burn when it is first applied. I like this, it works. But IT WILL BURN for a moment or two. I nearly threw up the first time that I tried it, it was so painful. Baby Sudocream applied at night should take the itch away for a long enough period to let you drift off to sleep. If you are reading this review because you have somehow stumbled upon it while searching for something to treat a bout of thrush that you are suffering from, I just want to say, I know how you are feeling. It is the most uncomfortable thing that I have ever had the misfortune to suffer. But there is help at hand with Canesten. This stuff really works. I promise.

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                19.06.2009 23:38
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                Best £11 spent. EVER

                I never knew what thrush was until I was about 16 an d suffered my first bout when I was on a course of antibiotics. Anyone who has ever had it will know just how uncomfortable it is and anyone who has not had it is very lucky! I went to my mum very confused about the pain and extreme itching/sore feeling and (after explaining about thrush) she took me up to the Chemist and introduced me to Canesten. I chose the Duo (oral medicine and external cream), which cost about £11 and rushed back home. They do several variations of the product including external and internal cream and pessary. I was initially put off my the small tube of cream - and felt a little ripped off. I soon discovered however, that a little goes a long long way! In the privacy of my bathroom I read through the instruction leaflet - very easy to understand. The relief was so immense once the cream had started to work that I immediately burst into tears! The pill began to work within a few hours but the cream kept everything soothed. I think this is a genuine must have for any females medicine cupboard!

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                19.06.2009 21:43
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                expensive but effective

                I am a regular thrush sufferer especially when pregnant. My mother was also I think it may be a slight hereditory conditon and its caused by bacteia in the lower region. This has to be one of the most uncomfortable problems that you can get and can take a while to clear up. It has not yet been proven that the oral tablet works so that I would advise to stay clear of. However there are internal and external factors of thrush internal can cause problems in the womb and external ichy burning and even bleeding when the skin gets that sensitive. I was advised by my grandmother to buy this. I did tell a little white lie to the pharmasist that I had used this before and they explained that if the problem occured on a regular basis or did not clear up then to consult my doctor. For a small tube it cost me £5 which was really expensive but it did work the iching stopped after about 3 days and the rash dissapeared after a week. I now only suffer from this condition about once a year and as soon as I get any symptons I go straight to the doctors because they will prescribe me a larger dosage rarther that paying £5 for the small tube. If you do get any symptons of this condition I would advise this cream it works out expensive but is effective and is available from any pharmacy.

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                  I wont go into the details of thrush as they are outlined in other reviews. I am a seasoned thrush sufferer- have it quite regularly throughout the year, and have done for the last 7 or so years. I'd recently been on a course of antibiotics (a thrush trigger) and could feel the familiar downstairs feeling starting to occur. I always have canesten cream in the house for when i begin to feel 'thrushy', but i usually use a pessary for when it becomes desperate! While pessaries do the job, i find them somewhat messy, even after a couple of days. So i thought i'd try the new oral tablet. Firstly i was shocked at the price- £12.50! Like i say, i can have thrush pretty regularly, so this price appeared slightly daunting to me. The pack contains one tablet, to be taken with water, with or without food. The information pack is lacking in informing you of what the tablet will actually do. I took the tablet at around 6pm on the Monday, by the Tuesday dinnertime the itching and soreness has gone- but i was also using canesten cream to help it too. However, and i dont know if this is normal as the pack contained no information, i had alot of discharge. I am assuming that the tablet acts as a 'flushing agent', as i had quite heavy discharge through the monday night and tuesday day. But by the time i went to bed on the tuesday night, i felt very, very little discomfort there and by wednesday morning, all was gone.

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                    Anyone who's had thrush can tell you it's a nightmare. Thrush is a fungal (candida albicans) infection that affects both men and women. Symptoms are unbearable itching, redness and soreness of the penis or vagina, usually accompanied by a thick white discharge the consistency of cottage cheese. It may or may not smell offensive. Yum! Thrush can be, but is not necessarily, sexually transmitted. The fungus candida albicans is naturally present in everyone as part of the multitude of flora that constantly fight and try to overcome each other in all of us. The candida fungus can proliferate and overtake the other flora for a variety of reasons, including the use of anti-biotics, pregnancy, hormonal changes, diabetes, too much yeast or sugar in the diet (especially including alcohol - damn!), or even excessive heat. The resultant over-proliferation of this fungus can result in thrush in either men or women, and they can then pass the infection between each other via sex. Therefore, if one of you's got it, it's vital that both of you get treated even if the other is showing no symptoms. Otherwise you'll be passing it back and forth like a never-ending game of tennis (but my view of Wimbledon is for another op). Thrush is horrible, embarrassing and makes your life a misery. Treatment ========= For women, you have the Canesten Pessary, the Canesten Cream and the Canesten Combi (cream and pessary). For men there is the cream only. The Pessary =========== The Canesten Pessary cntains the anti-fungal agent clotrimazole. It comes with an applicator and costs around six quid. To use: Insert tablet into applicator, get into very ungainly legs akimbo position and insert applicator into vagina. Push bottom of applicator and hey presto, it's in place. This is best done at night, as pessaries melt inside the vagina and then slowly seep out again, making one hell of a mess of one's pants. So even if you've inserted at night, do wear a panty liner for the next 2 or 3 days. Within 24-48 hours though, the pessary works to kill the infection and bring blessed relief once more. Side effects are rare but include swelling, extra soreness and extra itching. The Cream ========= Canesten do two types of cream - the basic Canesten or the Canesten Hydrocortisone. The creams can be used for many fungal infections as well as thrush, including jock itch, sweat rashes and athlete's foot. Basic Canesten Cream includes 1% of the fungus fighting ingredient clotrimazole. Canesten Hydrocortisone contains, as it suggests, 1% clotrimazole and 1% hydrocortisone. Both are in an inert cream base. To use, just smear a little over the infected part(s) twice a day after washing and thoroughly drying. You should see a relief of symptoms in 24 hours, but it could take a couple of weeks before your symptoms completely disappear. This is where you need to make the choice of which cream to use, as the hydrocortisone version should only be used for a few days maximum as hydrocortisone can thin the skin if used in excess. So, for a basic itchy problem, use the basic cream. For a very sore or swollen body part, use the hydrocortisone first and then switch to the basic after a few days until symptoms disappear. Both creams can cause reactions and make symptoms worse, so if your symptoms do worsen, stop the cream immediately and see your doctor. Also see your doctor if you're getting repeated infections as it could point to an underlying problem like diabetes or hormone imbalances. The creams cost from £3 - £5 depending on the type you choose and the size of the tube, and you'll get them at any pharmacy. That's all from me except to say that if you have got thrush or athlete's foot or some equally gammy festering itch ing outbreak, don't be embarrassed. It is extremely common and doesn't mean you're dirty or that you've been sleeping around. It's not unusual for babies to be born with it, and no one could accuse them of promiscuity now could they? Anyway, it's far less embarrassing to go and ask a pharmacist for advice/medication than it is to be caught scratching your fairy in the street (but enough about me!). But if you really are too embarrassed, you can order online from some internet chemists such as pharmacy2u.co.uk.

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                      21.12.2001 14:01
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                      Many of us recognise that awful feeling of itching and soreness when thrush (candida) starts to get hold. Our worst fears are confirmed when the heavy white discharge is discovered (sorry about all this lads – just stop reading now and be glad your not a woman!). THE PRODUCTS Canesten have a range of several products for tackling thrush, which I have found to have varying degrees of effectiveness. The cream: this one can be for your man too! Get your blokie to use this on the head of his penis – don’t be shy, right up under the foreskin please gentlemen! The last thing you want is to clear up your own bought of thrush only to be reinfected by your sexual partner. For we girlies this cream is more of a short term soother and will not cure the infection. The pessary: this contains the active ingredient clotrimazole and can be bought over the counter. It is a single pessary, a one off treatment to rid yourself of that itching. However, I have often found that this single pessary is not sufficient and the infection often recurs a few days later, so on to the more effective treatment… The three pessary pack: this is a course of three pessaries to be used before going to bed on three consecutive nights. This seems to do the trick! WHEN NOT TO USE You should not use this product if you have vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, pain in passing urine, fever, vomiting, diarrhoea or a foul smelling discharge (yuk). In these instances a trip to the doctor is in order to ensure that you do indeed have thrush and that canesten is the most suitable treatment. You should also consult the doctor before using the product if you are having regular bouts of thrush (more than two infections in six months), are pregnant, have ever had a sexually transmitted disease or are very old or very young (under 16 or over 60). APPLICATION The pessary is supplied with a plastic app licator, looking a bit like a pea shooter. Before going to sleep at night place the pessary in the pea shooter and push it as far into your vagina as possible, then depress the plunger and remove the applicator. You should wear knickers in bed with a panty pad, as you will find that there will probably be some discharge during the night, as the pessary dissolves and a white chalky residue results. SIDE EFFECTS Don’t worry, for once this isn’t too gruesome a list! The side effects are normally just a worsening in your condition (and you thought that soreness, itching and redness couldn’t get any worse!). If you have an allergic reaction to the drug the signs to look out for are rash, nausea, faintness and facial swelling. See – that wasn’t too bad was it? Those of a nervous disposition can start reading again now… HAPPY SHOOTING! Symptoms should clear up within three days and, if not, a trip to the doctor is in order. I would certainly recommend the set of three pessaries. Not all pharmacies keep them on display – so ask, as they may be hidden round the back. The cream is certainly useful to relieve the symptoms while the pessaries are taking effect and it is essential that your partner should use the cream too. For further information on canesten contact their Womens Health Advice Line on 0845 758 5030.

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                        I had never experienced the nightmare of thrush until I was pregnant, and I suffered in silence at first because I had no idea what is was. I used to wake up every morning dreading that day ahead, because I knew I had to deal with the itching which is not in the most acceptable place to scratch! I used to literally sit at my desk and squirm as if I had ants in my pants. This in turn lead to soreness, which was just as bad if not worse than the itching, as it was constant. When I learned that I had thrush after a chat with my mum, I felt like many other women do. I was convinced I was unclean, and that there was a stigma surrounding thrush. However, as I started talking with my friends, I discovered that it is a very common problem, but because of the location of the affected area, nobody seems that keen to talk about it, but official statistics provided by www.canesten.co.uk, show that 75% of women will suffer from thrush at least once in their lives. WHAT IS THRUSH? Thrush is an infection caused by a yeast called Candida. This yeast normally lives in your body quite happily without doing you any harm. But when the natural pH balance of your vagina is upset - which can easily happen - Candida can multiply. And that's when you may start to itch. It is not just a female problem either. Men are not immune. They can get it too, though only a few develop the rash and itchiness. Most male sufferers act as carriers, without actually having the symptoms. However, they can catch it from having sexual contact with someone suffering from thrush, so I would always say that even if your partner shows no signs of having thrush, still treat them with whatever medication you use. HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE IT? Normally, the first and most obvious symptom is the itchiness, which will in turn cause redness, and I frequently have a burning sensation, so going to the loo is grit your teeth time. Sometimes thrush causes a thick dischar ge, but not every time. WHAT CAUSES THRUSH? As I have mentioned, it all happens when the natural PH levels in your vagina are upset, and there are many reasons that this can happen. These include: Having your period, or being due Taking the contraceptive pill Sexual Intercourse Pregnancy Using bubble baths, especially if they have strong scents Stress Antibiotics The most common cause seems to be wearing tight synthetic clothes which do not allow the air to circulate. I THINK I HAVE IT, SO WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW? If you recognise some of the symptons for the first time, then make an appointment to see your GP in order that they can confirm thrush. They will recommend a treatment, and should you have any future attacks, you will be able to purchase the same treatment over the counter. Nobody is immune from thrush, and it can strike at any age, however, it is even more important to treat thrush during pregnancy, as evidence shows that it could be passed onto your baby (in the form of oral thrush or other fungal infections) through your birth canal when giving birth. Also it is important to see your GP when you are pregnant, as the treatment they prescribed on other occasions may not be suitable once you are pregnant. Your GP will most likely prescribe a cream (normally Canesten), which will soothe the burning and itching almost immediately. It comes in the form of cream, or a pessary, or a combination of both methods, which is even more effective. You may also hear it being referred to as Clotrimazole cream, but this is just the chemical name for Canesten. Canesten is not the cheapest medication when bought over the counter, and can sometimes be as much as £11 or over, but it is well worth every penny when you have thrush.

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                          15.08.2001 17:23
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                          Most women at one time or another during their lives will suffer from the unpleasant condition commonly known as thrush. It’s a yeast-like fungal infection (Candida Albicans) that can effect the mouth, the bowel or the vagina, or if you’re very unlucky, all three! The fungus is one that we all have in our bodies, but it only becomes a problem when it builds up resulting in an infection that needs to be treated. The most common symptoms of vaginal thrush are constant itchiness, pain on urination, a feeling of soreness and sometimes a white or yellowish discharge. And being that the infection is of a fungal variety, it can be a real stubborn devil to get rid of! I’m lucky, I’ve only had it once, and believe you me, it wasn’t pleasant! Common causes can include ‘being too warm’, fungi thrive on moisture and warmth and if you wear a lot of close fitting non-breathable underwear, you are more at risk. Avoid nylon like the plague and stick to good old cotton! Women who are pregnant are also more at risk because their hormone levels change, resulting in a change of the acid levels in the vagina. Sex is also another cause; a lot of men carry the thrush infection but experience no symptoms whatsoever, so the minute the two of you get together intimately, he is passing on the infection to you! So it is important that if one of you is showing symptoms, that you BOTH get treatment to prevent passing it back and forth. If you are taking a course of antibiotics, the risks are greater as the antibiotic actually kills off the normal bacteria so that the yeast multiplies resulting in a thrush infection. Also, some scented bath products can cause it, as they can actively change the PH balance of your body. So, if you are unlucky and start to experience that unpleasant incessant dry itching sensation, what can you do about it? Firstly, see your doctor and make sure that thrush is the correct diagnosis. If it is, th en there are various over the counter treatments now available, and a chat with your pharmacist will determine which is the best for you, In most cases, Canesten will be recommended. Canesten offer a number of products for treating thrush, but by far, Canesten Combi is the most popular. It is a treatment containing an active ingredient (Clotrimazole 10%) that kill off the excess yeast that causes the infection as well as reducing the unpleasant symptoms. The pack contains both a cream (which HE should use too!) and a pessary. The pessary can be easily inserted using the applicator provided (very similar to the way you would insert a tampon) and ensures that that the treatment is reaching the infected areas, without the applicator the product simply would not ‘travel’ far enough. It might be an idea to wear a pad for a few days after application too, as what generally goes up, must come down! The cream gives relief from the soreness and itching, the two most common and unpleasant symptoms of the condition. Immediately you should feel cooler and a little more comfortable. In all cases, you should see a dramatic improvement after about three days and the infection should be cleared up in less than a week. Other treatments available from Canesten include a 500mg pessary-only that can be used by women who are not in a sexual relationship or Canesten Cream for partners who are being intimate and concerned they may be passing the infection back and forth. Pricewise, the treatments will set you back between £5 and £8 on average. But if you can get your Doctor to make out a prescription, it might cost you a little less.

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                            24.03.2001 22:31
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                            This is for the treatment of thrush(a yeast infection). It is a very common problem that affects mainly women and appears in the vagina as whitish spots accompanied by very severe itching. Thrush can also appear in the mouths of small babies and be passed onto the nipple during breast feeding. Canesten should not be used to treat this though, you should see a doctor who will prescribe antibiotics. Vaginal thrush can be caused by infection and wearing very tight underwear. It is also extremely common in pregnant women and can be transmitted during intercourse. I got very severe thrush each time I was pregnant and it can be very painful. I found canesten very soothing especially if it is stored in the fridge for an hour first. If symptoms persist after using canesten cream, you can get a canesten pessary on prescription, which includes 3 tablets that are inserted vaginally before you go to bed for 3 nights. The pessary is extremely effective.

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                            For the treatment of thrush (vaginal candidiasis) / Canesten Cream is used to treat fungal skin infection such as ringworm,athlete's foot, fungal nappy rash and fungal sweat rash.