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    Hey

    I'd be grateful some help with this. I discovered I had some strange discharge a couple of weeks ago. I was due for an STD check anyway and so I went to the clinic to get a check up. All clear, apparently. I started my period that day, so she didn't get a proper look at the consistency/colour of the discharge. So anyway, after my period ended, it was back .

    What on earth is going on :confused:? I'm working ridiculous hours (like 7.30am - 5.30 or later) at the moment so I'm not around at GP hours! Do you think it is thrush? I've never had that so I'm not sure what it is like. I read on the internet that sometimes you can get that if have been on antibiotics - and I was on those for a Urinary Tract Infection (oh dear, I am walking disease:o: ).

    Thoughts? Thanks
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    I had a urinary tract infection then had antibiotics and got thrush... but it's usually itchy or painful down there if it is thrush.
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    It may just be a yeast infection....presumably the amount you're working you've got your pants on for a long while all day...which can cause a yeast infection or cystitis.

    Go to your pharmacist and ask them...if you have a sainsburys or some tesco's close by there's in-store pharmacies that are open late (and some chains of boots are open later). You can also call NHS direct on 0845 4647.

    If it is either of the above (or thrush) they can be treated VERY easily with tablets/creams/cranberry flavour satchets 0_o

    Hope you get better soon
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    I suspected this, but wouldn't I have itching? There's some discomfort, but it's mainly from the excess discharge than any rash. I think I might get some thrush cream, but the question is: a) how do I know what I have? b) why did they give me the all clear if I have this? It's not like it went away for a few days; it just wasn't apparent when I was menstruating and the when that stopped it was the same as before.

    Can I do any harm by just taking some thrush meds? Or shall I take yeast infection? I don't think it's cystitis because it feels nothing like that, and I had a urine test to check that I had no UTIs.
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    Miss a day from work to see you your GP?
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    Cystitis doesn't cause discharge and it's very painful to pass water. Thrush is a yeast infection but I wouldn't just take thrush medication as the cream can be very irritating if you don't actually have thrush. Take some time off work and go to the doctor... it's for the best. Also thrush wouldn't show up on an STI test so they would give you the all clear.
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    (Original post by *Katie*)
    Can I do any harm by just taking some thrush meds?
    Have you ever had thrush diagnosed by a doctor in the past?

    - If the answer is yes - are the symptoms the same now as they were then? If not, go and see your GP; if they are, yes, try some thrush meds. If you go for the cream, don't trust condoms for a week after the last application.

    - If the answer is no, go and see your GP. One cannot buy thrush medication without a previous diagnosis. The rationale is that people think all sorts of things might be thrush (as this thread demonstrates), so until one has the experience of having an episode of thrush confirmed - now or in the past - one isn't allowed to buy the medication to treat it.
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    (Original post by YAP)
    Have you ever had thrush diagnosed by a doctor in the past?

    - If the answer is yes - are the symptoms the same now as they were then? If not, go and see your GP; if they are, yes, try some thrush meds. If you go for the cream, don't trust condoms for a week after the last application.

    - If the answer is no, go and see your GP. One cannot buy thrush medication without a previous diagnosis. The rationale is that people think all sorts of things might be thrush (as this thread demonstrates), so until one has the experience of having an episode of thrush confirmed - now or in the past - one isn't allowed to buy the medication to treat it.
    Hmm, despite having a previous diagnosis I managed to buy some from an online chemist when I was in another country no problem. It was the oral capsule and cream combo. Also, as far as I know the symptoms were slightly different to usual, I've had a couple of variations, but the medication cleared it up within a day or two. So I'm convinced that's what it was. Unless Canesten is the new miracle drug that can fight off STDs? My point is, it can't hurt to try canesten and if it doesn't work... go see your GP.



    Anyway OP, thrush comes with many different symptoms. Each time might not be the same as the other. There can be just itching, just discharge, a combination of the two. There can be a rash that extends from vagina to anus with or without discharge and so on. Try the canesten and if it doesn't make a difference, see your gp.
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    (Original post by .*Sophie*.)
    Hmm, despite having a previous diagnosis I managed to buy some from an online chemist when I was in another country no problem. It was the oral capsule and cream combo.
    I have no idea what the situation is in other countries, but as mentioned in the PIL for Canesten cream (and the other preparations) 'If this is the first time you have had these symptoms, talk to your doctor before using any treatment'.
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    I managed to get thrush treatment from a pharmacist without having it confirmed by a dr (or having a previous bout confirmed) Turns out it probably was cos it got better after taking it, but still :dunno:
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    Without knowing more it's probably not a good idea to offer diagnosis. Unfortunately I am like the cystitis + thrush queen, I'm stupidly susceptible to them and it's horrible.

    If it was thrush, you would get thick, whitish discharge, maybe some itching, and it would smell like yeast. It's probably not a UTI if you're not having trouble peeing. Thrush doesn't always display all these symptoms, however.

    If it's not bothering you beyond the discharge (no itching, burning when peeing, etc) then maybe try some 'natural' remedies - e.g. eat lots of biolive yogurt, don't wear tight jeans or synthetic underwear, drink cranberry juice.

    Other slightly weirder remedies I've heard of involve yoghurt too, but instead you, er, put it in the affected area. Apparently the best way to do this is put some yoghurt in a used tampon applicator (the plastic kind), cover with clingfilm then freeze it. You then put this yoghurt-tampon inside for about half an hour, then have a really good rinse. Make sure the yoghurt doesn't have sugar in it. :/ I've never tried this so I don't know how good it works.

    One thing I have tried is to take a clove of garlic and wrap it in cheesecloth or another thin fabric, attach a string or ribbon to one end and insert into the vagina. This did kind of work for me, but the infection was unfortunately persistant.

    If it doesn't clear itself up within a few days to a week (which thrush can do) then see your doctor. You don't want to get thrush medicine when it might not be thrush, it's easiest just to check. Good luck ^_^
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    (Original post by YAP)
    I have no idea what the situation is in other countries, but as mentioned in the PIL for Canesten cream (and the other preparations) 'If this is the first time you have had these symptoms, talk to your doctor before using any treatment'.
    It was from a British online pharmacy. I'm just saying... if it works then it's clearly not a problem since it's not prescribed for anything more serious. It's only effective on thrush, sweat rash and harmless irritations. Anything more serious would require something more specialised surely? So, while going to see your GP is good practice, it's also harmless trying canesten to see if it works.
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    (Original post by Sephrenia)
    I managed to get thrush treatment from a pharmacist without having it confirmed by a dr (or having a previous bout confirmed) Turns out it probably was cos it got better after taking it, but still :dunno:
    It will have been thrush or some kind of irritation, possibly even sweat rash. Depends what symptoms you had. The cream is made to treat minor irritations in that area and the fungal infection. Sometimes the infection is deeper and requires an oral capsule. I opted for both because the irritation was waking me up at night and driving me mad. I suspect it was actually sweat rash from the look and sounds of things but I wanted it gone for sure and it was very easy to come by.

    It's not harmful to try. But I think what's meant by "Go and see your GP if this is the first time" is more of a disclaimer to show people how to use it and to get something that could potentially be something else treated faster. It just seems unnecessary to me. Yes, people might mistake many things for thrush but it would soon become obvious that it was something else when the treatment didn't work.
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    (Original post by .*Sophie*.)
    ...it's also harmless trying canesten to see if it works.
    That isn't the case, though. Short-term, there's a risk of side-effects - the cream is fairly benign, but oral antifungals can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhœa etc. Longer term, haphazard antifungal usage breeds resistant strains, much as is the case with haphazard antibiotic usage. The risk is that in applying canesten unnecessarily, in the absence of thrush, one breeds a resistant strain; so then if one does get thrush in the future, treatment will be less effective.
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    (Original post by YAP)
    That isn't the case, though. Short-term, there's a risk of side-effects - the cream is fairly benign, but oral antifungals can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhœa etc. Longer term, haphazard antifungal usage breeds resistant strains, much as is the case with haphazard antibiotic usage. The risk is that in applying canesten unnecessarily, in the absence of thrush, one breeds a resistant strain; so then if one does get thrush in the future, treatment will be less effective.
    That makes sense, Though I wasn't aware this could happen. The general attitude seems to be that, since you can get it over the counter freely, it's OK to use as and when. Kind of like Sudocrem but more specialised. I'll bear this in mind in the future. Though, I'll assume that I was right to use it last time as it was very fast and effective and it's been 5/6 months without any issue whatsoever.
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    Thanks for your advice. I got an oral pill for thrush after I went to the pharmacy and told them I thought I had thrush. Not sure if they strictly should have done that, but they assumed I had had it before because they asked if I'd had it in the last six months and I said no.

    I know I should have just gone to the GP but I don't want to take time off work (I'm doing a fiercely competitive internship), and even if I wanted to I can't book appointments at my GP unless I'm prepared to wait a few weeks. The other way of going things is to ring on the day, so I can't tell work when I'd need time off (morning or afternoon ) until that day, and I can't guarantee that I'll actually be seen.

    So if the pill doesn't work, I'll book and appointment and see what's what.
 
 
 
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