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Vaginal thrush treatments

The treatment of thrush is usually very simple. The most effective treatment is pessaries (dissolving tablets) inserted into the vagina at night. Other options are tablets that are taken by mouth, and creams that are applied to the skin around the vagina.

These medications contain anti-fungal medicines such as clotrimazole, miconazole, fluconazole and nystatin. They are available over-the-counter at a pharmacist, and can also be prescribed by a doctor.

You can also buy over the counter creams to relieve the soreness and itchiness around your vagina. Ordinary moisturiser can also help. Ask your pharmacist for advice.

In most cases, treatment will relieve the symptoms. However, some women may have recurrent thrush and others seem to get it almost continually. In these instances, doctors may prescribe longer courses of treatment.

Avoid taking thrush treatments by mouth if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and use one of the other methods instead.

Treatment is not usually needed for a sexual partner of someone who has thrush.

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Sources:

NHS Choices (Vaginal thrush), SA Health (Thrush - including symptoms, treatment and prevention)

Last reviewed: September 2017

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