THRUSH TREATMENT: We provide a course of Clotrimazole Vaginal Cream, comes as a tube with an applicator.
THRUSH TESTING: We also offer you an option to have a self swab to confirm the thrush and also check for bacterial vaginosis and STIs. The swab is sent to the lab and results will be available in 3-5 days. You can start thrush treatment without the result. If the results show other disease, we will contact you to provide further treatment.
IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME?: Females aged over 16 years old with classic symptoms of vaginal thrush can easily and safely be treated through E-consult. Classic symptoms of vaginal thrush include itchiness inside or around the vagina; having thick, white ‘curd-like’ vaginal discharge and a burning sensation in the vagina.
HOW IT WORKS
1. ANSWER SIMPLE QUESTIONS
2. SPEAK WITH CLINICIAN
3. RECEIVE TREATMENT
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT VAGINAL THRUSH
Vaginal thrush a fungal infection of the female genital area. It is caused by an overgrowth, or reaction, to a yeast – typically Candida albicans.
It is a very common vaginal infection, affecting around 75% of women in their lifetime. It is most common in women of reproductive age and can develop with no obvious cause or reason. It is not considered to be a sexually transmitted infection.
It often requires an antifungal treatment, in form of cream or a pill to improve.
- Vaginal thrush a fungal infection of the female genital area is caused by an overgrowth, or reaction, to a yeast – typically Candida albicans.It is a very common vaginal infection, affecting around 75% of women in their lifetime. It is most common in women of reproductive age and can develop with no obvious cause or reason.Risk of developing vaginal thrush is increased in women who are:
- Are taking antibiotics
- Are immune-supressed
- Have diabetes
- Post-menopausal and taking oestrogen therapy
- On high-dose oral contraceptive pills
- Are suffering from iron-deficiency anaemia
- Over-cleansing their genital area
- Before and after menstruation
- Have had previous sexually-transmitted infections (STIs)
- Symptoms can include:
- Thick, white ‘curd-like’ vaginal discharge*, usually with no odour
- An itchy rash inside and/or around the vagina
- A burning sensation in the vagina
*Unusual vaginal discharge which is not thick and white is not likely to be a symptom of vaginal thrush and may be a sign of another infection. If you are experiencing abnormal vaginal discharge, please make an appointment with your doctor.
- The fungal elements which usually cause thrush often over-grow when the other normal skin flora (bacteria and organisms which usually inhabit our skin) have been depleted. This can occur with antibiotic use and with over-washing the genital area. The vagina does a great job at cleansing itself if you let it. It is best to wash only with water to prevent the normal flora from being overtaken by the fungal organisms, washing with any soaps, shower gels, fragrances, douches, bath melts or other substances is not helpful in preventing vaginal thrush – stick to plain water!
- Vaginal candida infection (thrush) can often be diagnosed by your symptoms and history but there are other causes for abnormal vaginal discharge and discomfort. A simple vaginal self-swab can confirm a diagnosis of vaginal thrush. Another swab can be taken at the same time to also check there are no other vaginal infections present.
- Vaginal thrush can be easily treated with antifungal medication. This is usually in the form of a cream which is inserted into and around the vagina. Antifungal creams can damage condoms which may stop them from being effective while you are using the medicated cream.