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(18 Posts)
BROWNY Wed 15-Jun-05 18:39:17

Can anyone suggest another cream etc? I don't usually suffer with thrush, but after being on a few courses of anti-biotics lately, I've been suffering lately.

I was prescribed Diflucan (one tablet) and Canasten 2% cream on Monday, today the symptoms are exactly the same . Does anyone know how long this tablet takes to work - I'm thinking of going back again tomorrow - help please

Enid Wed 15-Jun-05 18:48:39

the pessaries are better than the pill thing IME

BROWNY Wed 15-Jun-05 18:50:50

Anyone there? "Sore willy" thread is getting help - could it be anything else? No nooky has been had for quite a while as I've been on antibiotics for a few months, so I'd rather abstain than be caught with baby number 5! .

Advice please

hoxtonchick Wed 15-Jun-05 18:54:02

not sure how long the diflucan takes to work, but i agree wtih enid that pessaries work really well. but they still take a few days. poor you, i've only had thrush once but it was horrid.

Enid Wed 15-Jun-05 18:55:17

also taking lactobacillus (fron healthg food shops) or live yogurt (eat it every day) helps keep it away

BROWNY Wed 15-Jun-05 19:00:42

Thanks so much you two, I've got some of those good bacteria capsules in the fridge (I'd forgotten that I had them), I'm going to down a couple of them now - I can't sit still, or sleep so I hope those capsules help - thanks again

BROWNY Wed 15-Jun-05 20:27:07

Bumping for ideas!

Flossam Wed 15-Jun-05 20:34:34

Pessaries and tampons dipped in live yoghurt.

BROWNY Wed 15-Jun-05 20:37:25

Does the live yoghurt really work - seems a bit yucky - but the way I'm feeling at the moment I think I'll try it!

Flossam Wed 15-Jun-05 20:41:05

Its the bacteria. I have used it and if nothing else it is wonderfully cooling, soothing and refreshing. I don't think it's yucky, just mark it not for eating!

Gillian76 Wed 15-Jun-05 20:43:38

Hi Browny. I am plagued by thrush, so will watch this thread with interest.

Cutting out sugar from your diet is supposed to help. Acidophilus too, which you can buy as a capsule from a health food shop. Haven't tried either yet, I have to confess.

Might sound strange, but I am convinced I get an attack around ovulation at least every second month. Odd, eh?

whirlygiggle Wed 15-Jun-05 21:12:21

I used to have a huge constant problem with Thrush...i tried all the creams, diets and pessaries under the sun .Then my DR prescribed me something called itriconazole...fansatic stuff!!!!

SaintGeorge Wed 15-Jun-05 22:12:09

Suffered from chronic thrush for years, now only about once or twice a year.

Diflucan can take up to 4 days to work with seemingly nothing happening and then it seems to work suddenly. The tampon/yoghurt thing helps ease the irritation in the mean time.
I often needed 2 tablets 4 days apart though. Partner must be treated at the same time.

For future prevention:

Cotton only underwear, always laundered on a boil wash.
Preferably towels not tampons (tampons can dry the vagina and change the balance of flora).
Eat natural yoghurt at least twice a week.
No bubble baths.

BROWNY Fri 17-Jun-05 10:08:07

Saintgeorge, thanks for all your advice . You were right about the Diflucan taking up to four days to work, yesterday it was just as bad as on Monday, but today I almost feel back to normal - YAY!! I've also been taking Acidophilus from Holland & Barratt - don't know if they helped - but I'm feeling much better today .

Thanks everyone for all your words of wisdom!

ruty Fri 17-Jun-05 10:39:36

didn't know about the boil wash for underwear, what about the bath? I clean it before baby uses it, but could baby get thrush from the bath? Can't boil wash the bath!

SaintGeorge Fri 17-Jun-05 10:51:42

ruty - don't worry.
Material is absorbent and can potentially hold infections. Cotton can be boil washed and also causes less sweating than man-made fibres, hence the recommendation.

nutcracker Fri 17-Jun-05 11:25:47

If you buy the pessary do you then just buy the cream to treat your dp/dh ????

I seem to keep getting it around ovulation too but then it dissapears after a week or so, only to return again when i ovulate.

SaintGeorge Fri 17-Jun-05 11:30:55

The cream will work but because men rarely have symptoms they have a habit of not using the cream for long enough. Probably a good idea get him to ask his GP for a Diflucan tablet (or preferably 2)

If you are in a repeating cycle with thrush (as I was) then you need to look at your diet (sugars, yeasts etc) and maybe also try a few of the suggestions in my earlier post.

Good luck - repeated thrush blighted my life for years and I can really sympathise.

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