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This review is for the ladies - I'm sure we can all relate as to how awfully annoying the fungal infection thrush is! That wonderful yeast infection that leaves us itchy, uncomfortable and miserable - but fear not, because it's Canesten Combi to the rescue!
What is thrush?
Thrush, also called cadidiasis, is a common infection caused by Candida, which is a type of yeast. When the natural balance of the body is upset, Candida can increase, leaving symptoms such as redness, swelling, soreness, burning, itching and a discharge from the vagina. Contrary to some beliefs, thrush is not caused by lack of personal hygiene, but factors such as hormonal changes, tight clothing, perfumed soaps and antibiotics can cause it.
What is Canesten Combi Pessary and Cream?
The Canesten combo comes in two parts - a pessary, which is inserted into the vagina, and a cream for the external symptoms.
The outer packaging of the product is the bold Canesten logo, in bright red and white, and then a feminine patterned box, in soft orange/yellow and white, and a fancy swirly pattern. Open it up, and there are two little boxes (one with the applicator, and one with the external cream in), and a blister pack which contains the pessary.
How do I use it? How does it work?
The active substance in this product is clotrimazole - an anti fungal which fights the thrush infection. The pessary contains 500mg, and the cream 200mg, among other ingredients.
First, the pessary. Unwrap the applicator, and push the pessary into place - this is pretty easy to do, as it is shaped like a large paracetamol (they have a soft pessary pack now available as well - this is teardrop shaped and much more fiddley...). Lie back, and insert the applicator as far as you can, and press the plunger to insert the pessary. It's recommended that you do this at night, for the most comfortable treatment - sometimes, the pessary can leave a chalky discharge, which is just a sign that it is dissolving up there!
The cream should be applied in a thin layer to the affected area up to three times a day. Nice and easy! The tube lasts for ages, but it shouldn't be used for more than 7 days.
The treatment should get to work in 3 days - for me, it's almost instant, I'm always feeling better within two hours of inserting the pessary, and the cream tides me over until I'm 100% again!
The information leaflet gives you all the details you may need to know, but some side effects include rashes, nausea, weakness, feeling dizzy or faint, and irritation, to name a few.
Is it worth it?
Unless you enjoy the feeling of thrush, then yes, Canesten is worth it every time. The only thing I hate is the price - I paid £12.95 from Sainsburys for this - it can be up to £14, which is a bit ouch on the purse - but if it stops me wriggling around in my chair, desperately needing to scratch, and it hurting to pee, then I'll pay it every time! And it's easier than going to the doctors and waiting for them to prescribe you the same thing...!
Definitely recommended, for all ladies out there - it's a life saver! Overall rating = 4/5 (1 mark off for the price!
I had never experienced thrush before until I was pregnant for the second time with my daughter. After talking to my mom about my symptoms she told me she thought I had thrush. So off I went to the supermarket to see what I could find to relieve the soreness and itching! I found Canesten Combi, and picked it up as I had seen the adverts for it on the television and so thought it must be trustworthy. I was shocked at the price though £13.99!! I didn't realise these sorts of things could be so expensive. But as I was so desperate to get some relief I bought it.
At home I read the instructions and it seemed easy enough. Firstly you have to insert the pessary into your vagina with the applicator. It is pretty easy to do but I found it quite uncomfortable as I was quite sore down there! However once it was inserted I couldn't feel it.
The second thing to do is to use the cream. You just rub the cream in around the outside of your vagina to help sooth the itching. I have to say it really did, as soon as you apply it you can feel the coolness of it and straight away the itching seemed to vanish!
The tube is small so didn't last too long, but within 2 days all my symptoms had gone and I was free from thrush. Until 3 weeks later when I got another bout of it! Unfortunately I had re-current thrush through my pregnancy, lucky enough though I soon realised I could get Canesten on prescription from the doctors, otherwise it may have bankrupted me!
I would highly recommend any women who is suffering from thrush to use this as the cream takes away the itching instantly and the pessary gets rif of it totally within 2-3 days! Just remember go to your doctors to get the prescription!!
Thrush is a yeast infection that both women and men can develop. It causes itchiness and uncomfort. It is really common in pregnant ladies.
Being 30 weeks pregnant, and having developed this, I made an appointment at my doctors to be prescribed something, as I have a medical exemption certificate at the minute.
My lovely doctor prescribed me Canesten Combi.
You cannot buy this over the counter when you are pregnant.
It comes in a pessary form and cream.
The pessary has to be inserted inside you. Its best to do this of a night time, as when it dissolves, it leaves chalky residue. Do not be alarmed if this happens, as it is a sign it is working!
The cream has to be used for 7 days to treat any external infection. It has to be applied 2-3 times a day!
From my point of view, this did the trick as thrush does not clear up on its own. I am not having any more embarrassing moments dancing because I am itchy!!
For anyone who has ever had thrush you will know how itchy and bloody annoying it is. I have only had it once, recently when I was pregnant with my second child and at first I was not really sure what it was or if I had it or not but a quick visit to the nurse confirmed it for me and she was able to prescribe Canesten Combi medicine for me. I was lucky enough to get it free as I have a eternity exemption form at the moment but if you were to purchase it from Boots it would cost you £13.49 for a box of the one treatment pessary and cream.
Thrush is a fungal infection and is commonly referred to as a yeast infection. Vaginal thrush is rather annoying and just quite uncomfortable. Symptoms may include:
whitish vaginal discharge
odourless vaginal discharge
soreness of the vagina and vulva.
I was rather embarrassed that I had it but apparently it is rather common in pregnancy. The nurse told me that actually its very common and is present in our bodies without us even being aware of it. According to an article I read,
it is caused by a yeast (fungus) called candida which may live harmlessly in the vagina without you even noticing it. However, the natural pH balance of the vagina that keeps candida under control can be upset by many factors such as perfumed soaps, hormonal changes (menstruation, contraceptive pill, pregnancy, menopause), poor health, antibiotics, bath additives and tight clothing. I did feel better than it was nothing I really did and just a common problem so I felt better about getting some medicine for it than I think I would if it was something I had caused.
This pack contains everything you need to get rid of the vaginal thrush. Firstly you are instructed to use a pessary. This is a little tablet basically that you put into your vagina that gently breaks down over a number of hours and as such you do not need to remove it after you have used it, it just works itself out on its own. The pessary is like a little chalky tablet and is about the size of a 20 pence piece. The nurse advised me to wear a towel in my underwear after I had inserted it to catch any discharge that I may have. YOu know it has worked if you see a little bit of chalky substance in your underwear. The pessary was really easy to insert as it came with a little stick that you put the pessary in and then used the stick like a tampon to insert it and then press a little release button and then the pessary is in.
After using this you can then apply the cream. I tended to do it once in the morning after my shower and once in the evening before bed when I wouldn't get rid of it so quickly by going to the bathroom. The cream was really nice to put on, you basically just rub it all over the outside of your vagina. It was instantly cooling and really felt like it was taking care of the itch straight away. The tube of cream is not very big, it is only 10g so it only lasted for about a week but I am pleased to announce that after this time the thrush had cleared up and so far so good, I have not had another outbreak which is great.
All in all this is a good solution to an itchy problem that I would recommend.
I had never had a problem with thrush until I had my first daughter, they say that the yeast that causes thrush lives in everyones body and it is just the levels of it that cause a problem so in my case I presume that the pregnancy caused an imbalance of these bacteria and of course once you get it it keeps coming back.
There are many symptoms of thrush,
The first time I got thrush I didn't know what it was, speaking to my knowledgeable Mother I was soon informed and off I went to the chemist to get something to help although I would have gone to the doctors if I had realised the price in advance. This set currently costs about £13 which considering it is for one treatment this seems pretty expensive although I did find I had some cream left. The cream comes packaged in a white box with red detailing on it and states that it is suitable for adults from 16-60 years of age.
Inside the box you find a tube of cream, a blister pack with a pessary inside, an applicator and an instruction leaflet. You shoukld be aware that the active ingredient is Clotrimazole and so if you have any sensitivity to this you should not use this product.
Before using this product you should wash your hands and then popping the pessary from the blister pack you insert it into the end of the applicator, you should apply the pessary on a night before bed if at all possible. Insert the pessary into the vagina using the applicator which is just like administering a tampon, you can use a small amount of the cream and apply to the effected area up to 3 times a day for relief from itching.
I rate this product as it has always worked first time for me and by the following day I felt such relief it was worth spending the money, the cream does help to relieve the itching but I have never had to use it for more than a couple of days. This is a brilliant product although you can get it on prescription which is much cheaper.
Canesten Combi Pessary & Cream clears the cause and symptoms of thrush / A vaginal thrush infection may cause any of the following symptoms: whitish, odourless vaginal discharge, persistent burning, itching, redness, swelling and soreness of the vagina and vulva / This pack contains a pessary to treat the cause of vaginal thrush and a tube of soothing cream for relief of the itching.