Thrush is an infection which can cause irritation and soreness around the mouth, throat or vagina. It is a common condition thought to affect most women at least once throughout their lives.
- Caused by the presence of a fungus
- 80,000 estimated new cases every year in the UK
- Simple to treat with prescription antifungals
Due to its private nature, vaginal thrush can be an uncomfortable issue to seek treatment for in person; but our discreet online service enables you to find the medicine you need fast.
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Thrush is a condition which more commonly affects the vagina (although it can affect men on occasion). Vaginal thrush is caused by the abundance of a certain type of yeast fungus, called Candida albicans.
There are a variety of reasons why someone might develop thrush. The condition can be passed on through sex, but this may only account for a portion of instances. The use of antibiotic medicine, certain soaps, or a lack of ventilation to the vagina may also lead to thrush symptoms.
The NHS sees around 80,000 new cases of thrush reported every year. It can affect women of any age, but it is believed that those who are pregnant, have a weakened immune system or have diabetes may be more susceptible. Symptoms include raw feelings of irritation around the vagina, pain during sex or urination, and in some cases a small amount of white-coloured, odorless discharge.
The body contains a number of natural fungi, and Candida albicans is one of them. It can survive in the vagina, on the skin and even in the digestive system, and is harmless in small amounts. The body’s natural defences work to keep the yeast under control. However, under certain conditions, Candida levels can rise, upsetting the fungal equilibrium of the body. This is when thrush can develop and cause the symptoms described above.
Vaginal thrush is easy to treat. A doctor will in most cases issue a course of antifungal medicine to assist the clearance of symptoms. The active ingredient in medicines like Gyno-Daktarin and Diflucan work by helping the body to restore a healthy fungal balance.
Gyno-Daktarin contains miconazole, while Diflucan contains an active ingredient called fluconazole. These agents work by stopping fungal cells from producing a substance called ergosterol. Ergosterol is vital for these cells, as it enables them to maintain secure membranes, and stops their contents from leaking out. By inhibiting the development of this sterol, the medicines disable the fungal cells’ ability to remain intact, and they eventually die. This reduces symptoms and cures the infection.
Depending on whether you prefer to use a capsule or a cream, you can buy Diflucan or Gyno-Daktarin from our UK pharmacy. All the medicines we stock are either original brands or licensed generics.
If you want to find the right thrush treatment for you, our GMC-registered doctors are on hand to help. All you need to do is select your preferred medication, and take our short questionnaire. One of our doctors will assess the answers you provide, and issue a prescription if they are satisfied it is safe for you. After successful confirmation, your order will be shipped to you inside one business day.
Types of Treatment
Thrush is a yeast infection, treated using antifungal medicine. This may be issued in various forms, including oral capsules (Diflucan), a pessary, or as a vaginally-applied cream (Gyno-Daktarin).
How do they work?
Fungal infections occur when the fungal balance in a person’s body becomes upset. Candida albicans is the main cause of thrush, although this fungus is naturally present in many women’s bodies. Infection tends to happen if the presence of this fungus rises above a certain level.
Fluconazole, which is the main agent in Diflucan, and miconazole, which is the active ingredient in Gyno-Daktarin, tackle infection by killing the over-active fungus responsible. They do this by interfering with fungi’s ability to maintain stable cell membranes. As soon as holes appear in these, the fungal cells begin to expire and symptoms dissipate.
What are the side effects?
Not everyone using these medicines will experience side effects, but it is still important to be aware of them so that you can seek advice if they occur. The nature of side effects differs between each. Diflucan may cause headaches, diarrhoea or abdominal pain; while those using Gyno-Daktarin may feel vaginal itching or irritation. The list provided here is not comprehensive. More detailed information can be located in the patient information leaflet for each medicine.
Can I take them with other medications?
As antifungals can interact with other medicines, it is important to ensure you notify your doctor of any treatments you are currently using.
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What’s the difference between the medications?
Both medicines we supply for thrush are antifungal remedies, and perform the same function in the body. However, Diflucan is an oral capsule, and Gyno-Daktarin is a vaginal cream.
Should I take Diflucan and Gyno-Daktarin Cream?
The item you choose may depend on which other treatments you are currently using, as some oral tablets tend to be more likely to interact with other medicines. Otherwise, you may be more comfortable using one method of application over another. To find out more about each, consult the respective patient information leaflets for each medicine.
Are there different side effects?
Despite the fact that these medicines are part of the same class, they may not be identical in terms of the potential side effects they may cause. Side effects associated with Gyno-Daktarin include localised irritation in the vaginal region; while those associated with Diflucan include headaches, dizziness and abdominal pain. This is not a comprehensive list. You can learn more by consulting the relevant pages for each product.
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