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Men, this review will not be of any concern or use to you, unless you are a really great husband/boyfriend and sympathise with your lady when she has a yeast infection but for us women it's a really real problem. Yeast infections are not fun. I hadn't had one for ages, since I was pregnant in fact as pregnant women are more susceptible to yeast infections but I had one recently which was annoying but in the end was quite easy to clear up with this wonderful cream.
So, what exactly is thrush? Well, according to an article I read, "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 knew I had it again because that oh so familiar itch came back and it was a bit uncomfortable and annoying. Thrush 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. So, it's nothing that you can really ever stop happening but there are things you can do to prevent it. Once you have it though there is really only one way to get rid of it and that is with medicine. This time I decided to just use the cream as I've used the pessary in the past but didn't want to use it this time.
I usually use the cream in the morning after I have had a shower and feel all clean. I also apply it last thing at night too once I have used the toilet so going again will not get rid of the cream. The cream is fine to use, it doesn't really have a smell or perfume which is nice as you do not want a perfume smell really when you are trying to clear up an infection. I actually really looked forward to using the cream when I had the itchiness because it was instantly cooling when you rub it all over the outside of your vagina and it really does feel like it was taking care of the itch straight away.
The cream works well and really cleared up my thrush this time and I'm hoping I don't get it again for a very long time.
Ok so I couldn't think of a better title then that, the bird meaning a thrush bird, get it?
Canestan cream is mainly known for it's treatment of thrush, it's the product that people seem to hide when they are buying it but honestly it is nothing to be ashamed of. Canestan is used for not just thrush but any fungal infections.
It costs £9.99 for 50ml in Boots. You do have to be aged 16 plus to purchase this cream but it can be used on adults and children. Some children can be prone to fungal nappy rashes and this will treat it.
My reason for getting this recently was a fungal infection (a type of thrush) but NOT down there where you may be thinking, honest. For several months I've been getting an infection in the worst place ever for me and that's my belly button, I'm very weird about belly buttons and hated the fact that it would get bright red and infected and basically quite yucky, when it kept coming and going for several months I went to the doctor who advised of the problem and recommenced this Canestan cream. It would seem the infection rotates with my monthly cycle and on mentioning this to the Doctor she said another patient had the same problem and had also suggested the monthly was the reason behind it. Just put that bit in so if others suffer from the same it may help them explain it.
The cream itself comes in a small tube. On first use the top needs piercing which you do by putting the lid upside down and pushing down on it. The cream comes out very easily and little pressure of squeezing is required. It is a white cream so you can easily see where you are rubbing it into using a clean finger.
When I first used this I saw the redness die down fairly quickly and within a couple days the problem was gone. I've only had to use this one other time since having it so hoping that this has knocked the problem on the head.
Always read the label before buying and using and follow any guidelines.
The first time I ever had thrush was after I had my first daughter, thrush is caused by yeast called Candida Albicans which lives harmlessly in your gut and in alot of women also in the vagina, if your bodies conditions change which can be for numerous reasons then the bacteria can m,ultiply and begin causing problems such as Thrush.
There are many symptoms of thrush,
The first time I got thrush I used a pessary with cream but then after a while I found that I could feel the familiar itch beginning and so thought I woluld just get the cream and see if I could head it off. The cream costs about £7.50 for a 20g tube. The box it comes in is mainly white in colour and has the canesten name along it in red, the tube inside is also presented in the same way. The box and tube is very simple so it does not scream out from the shelf and is actually quite discrete going through with your shopping.
The cream is to help with the external issues that come with thrush and it promises to imeediately cool and sooth itching and soreness. On opening the tube the top is sealed and so you need to pierce the foil to use it the first time, the cream in side is white in colour and quite thick in consistancy. The smell of the cream reminds me of the smell of Savlon cream, before use you sholuld always wash your hands and then squeeze a little cream from the tube and rub into the required area.
I find the cream does have a soothing effect and it does work pretty quickly too, the cream doesn't treat thrush on it's own but I find that sometimes I just seem to get the thrush type itch but this helps to get rid of that and it doesn't progress any further, some times it does progress and then I use the pessary and cream pack although I get this on prescription due to the price of it.
I find that this cream is really good and does what it promises, a tube lasts a good amount of time too, you don't need a tube each time you have thrush since you use such a small amount each time you use it. Thrush is a really annoying condition but this helps quickly to get rid of it.
Treatment of candidal vulvitis or balanitis (thrush) / It should be used as an adjunct to the treatment of candidal vaginitis / Although this cream provides relief from the external irritation caused by vaginal thrush, it cannot treat any internal cause of the infection / Ask your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a treatment for this.