The treatment of thrush is usually very simple. The most effective treatment is pessaries (dissolving tablets) or cream inserted into the vagina. You can buy this over the counter from a pharmacy. Other options are tablets that are taken by mouth.
These medications kill the fungus that causes thrush.
You can also buy over the counter creams to relieve the soreness and itchiness around your vagina. Ask your pharmacist for advice.
In most cases, treatment will relieve the symptoms. However, some women may have thrush that keeps coming back, and others seem to get it almost continually. In these instances, doctors may prescribe longer courses of treatment.
Treatment is not usually needed for a sexual partner of someone who has thrush.
Not sure what to do next?
If you are still concerned about vaginal thrush, check your symptoms with healthdirect’s online Symptom Checker to get advice on when to seek medical attention.
The Symptom Checker guides you to the next appropriate healthcare steps, whether it’s self care, talking to a health professional, going to a hospital or calling triple zero (000).
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Last reviewed: September 2019