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What happens if you use canesten without thrush?

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WallToWallBastards Wed 17-Feb-16 21:30:27

I bought canesten assuming I'm suffering from thrush. I have slightly unusual white discharge and a strongish smell but no itching or irritation etc. There was no pharmacist available to talk to as I didn't have time to wait and there's no GP appointments until well into March so I bought the canesten pessary and cream.
If it turns out not to be thrush will there be any negative reaction? Should I buy a testing kit?

RaspberrySnowCone Wed 17-Feb-16 21:34:22

I don't think anything negative would happen but you could go to the Dr for a test just to check it is thrush. If it is they could prescribe you a tablet to take to clear it

RaspberrySnowCone Wed 17-Feb-16 21:34:58

A practice nurse could do it rather than GP if that's quicker

ACatastrophicMisintepretation Wed 17-Feb-16 21:49:09

I did this repeatedly many many years ago, thinking I had thrush when I actually had BV. The doctor said that canestan makes the ph balance more alkali to counteract the acidity of thrush (or possibly vice versa!) and hence i was making my condition worse as that was caused by my ph being the opposite to how it is with thrush

I don't know if this is making sense, hopefully it is! However, if you don't have anything wrong in first place, I wouldn't have thought a one of altering of the ph balance will have much effect

LittleCandle Wed 17-Feb-16 21:51:06

Sounds like BV rather than thrush. Antibiotics are usually the best cure.

WallToWallBastards Wed 17-Feb-16 23:29:19

I've used the pessary, hoping nothing awful happens. I have tried to get an appointment with anyone who'll see me but there was at least a 3 week wait.
Horrible question now- how long does the pessary stay there? I'm seeing my veru new partner on Sunday and have terrible visions of a foaming fanjo

f1fan2015 Wed 17-Feb-16 23:35:37

Try your local sexual health clinic if you have one near you. They should be able to see you faster than the GP and can swab for BV as well as thrush

Minime85 Thu 18-Feb-16 14:20:14

Lasts a good three days I find in terms of residue.

Footle Thu 18-Feb-16 23:24:41

Fear not. You will be foam-free long before Sunday.

Musicaltheatremum Fri 19-Feb-16 12:04:09

Our sexual health clinic will no longer see people for thrush and STD checks as they are too busy. We GPs however have lots of spare time to see you......not!
OP, canesten won't do you any harm but you could see a nurse if you can get an appointment with them.

PollyPerky Fri 19-Feb-16 15:35:20

Canestan now make a self-diagnosis kit which tests for thrush and BV.
I've not seen it on sale but did read about it somewhere recently- try their website.

PollyPerky Fri 19-Feb-16 15:37:23

here you are...

www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/canestest-self-test-for-vaginal-infections?gclid=CNXozv6ThMsCFVIYGwodgwwIeA

WallToWallBastards Mon 22-Feb-16 02:17:17

Nothing bad happened except some slightly alarming chalk in my knickers. Vagina is foam free and back in action.

WallToWallBastards Mon 22-Feb-16 02:18:48

Polly I saw a pharmacist who recommend I buy one and a box of bv gel for potential future emergencies. Technology is amazing.

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