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Thrush / anxiety / depression ... help!

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SurreyMummy2 Sat 10-Nov-12 17:22:02

Sorry to be a bit clueless but I need help! I was diagnosed with thrush a week ago yesterday and given a pessary and cream. It seemed to help but half of it fell out. Then on Tuesday I succumbed to a hideous vomiting etc. bug and the thrush seemed to come back with a vengeance. I used another pessary on Wednesday night but it's still lingering and it's really getting me down. Do you think it's because I'm run down after the bug and having to look after DS and DH with the same thing when I should really have been in bed? It doesn't burn when I wee anymore and it only itches a bit but it's just really sore still. I think my anxiety is making it worse - I tend to convince myself that any minor illness is cancer. It's not rational in any way but it is a very real fear to me and I just can't get it out of my head. This time last year I had a cancer scare (unrelated area of body) and I think the anniversary of it is making me really anxious and depressed. I just can't keep thoughts of dying out of my head. Please help (I realise I sound a little loopy!)

amazingmumof6 Sat 10-Nov-12 22:00:01

I've had thrush umpteen times for over 20 years, including start of each pregnancy and several times during!

I use Canesten cream on "outside" areas and reduce/ keep off consumption of sugar & yeast (including things like wine, grapes, soft cheeses, mushrooms, jam, bread, honey, chocolate - list is endless!)

things to try to strengthen immune system : multivitamins, pro/prebiotic yogurt, raw garlic, manuka honey

My personal trick is to put the canesten cream on a tampon and up it goes, change 4 hourly, same during a period till it gets better.
I did check this with my gp and she said it was ok for _me _to do, but you should ask someone to see if it's ok for YOU!!!!!
I do this every time I go swimming as well, even if no symptoms to avoid picking another infection up in pool (use 1 before going, out when finished)

I very much doubt you can die from thrush! smile

Get a vaginal smear to see what's going on, see gp.

topsi Sun 11-Nov-12 17:29:20

you can't catch thrush from a swimming pool

mercibucket Sun 11-Nov-12 17:47:04

Also look into getting your b12 levels raised. Maybe there is a link there to both the thrush and the anxiety. Levels should be over 500 if you get them tested, but a good b-complex vit supplement might help either way

mercibucket Sun 11-Nov-12 17:47:04

Also look into getting your b12 levels raised. Maybe there is a link there to both the thrush and the anxiety. Levels should be over 500 if you get them tested, but a good b-complex vit supplement might help either way

amazingmumof6 Sun 11-Nov-12 21:44:33

topsi I said infection, and yes I did, unfortunately

people piss and spit in the pool and for someone who's prone to infections/thrush it can trigger another one or make an existing one worse

btw my swimming teacher gave me the tip , she told me I wasn't the only one with this problem

topsi Mon 12-Nov-12 17:55:54

You can catch a bacterial infection from dirty water but you wouldn't catch thrush in this way. Thrush is a fungal infection, it may be triggered by the chlorine in the pool but that is all. The chlorine in the pool is there to kill bacteria to make it safe to swim in.

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