What is it
Canesten Soft Gel Pessary & Cream Combi clears the cause and symptoms of thrush. A vaginal thrush infection may cause any of the following symptoms: whitish, odourless vaginal discharge, persistent burning, itching, redness, swelling and soreness of the vagina and vulva.
What is thrush?
Thrush is an infection caused by a type of yeast called Candida. This yeast normally lives in your body quite happily without doing you any harm. But when the natural pH balance of your vagina is upset – which can easily happen – Candida can multiply. And that’s when you may start to itch and develop thrush.
Who gets thrush?
Don’t worry or be embarrassed about having thrush, as thrush is much more common than you might think – 3 out of 4 women have it at some point in their lives, especially if they are under the age of 20 or pregnant, and it is commonly suffered around the time of a period.
Men are not immune. They can get thrush too, though only a few develop the rash and itchiness. Most male sufferers act as carriers, without actually having the symptoms. To help prevent re-infection, make sure your partner uses Canesten Thrush Cream as well as you.
How does the infection occur?
Normally, there is a delicate balance between bacteria and yeasts that live naturally within the vagina.
However, this balance is easily upset by any of the following factors which could allow the yeasts to overgrow, leading to thrush infection:
Intake of medicines such as antibiotics
Trauma of sexual activity or tampons
Perfumed soap, shower gels and bubble baths
Wearing tight clothing
What are the symptoms of thrush?
The main symptom – and by far the most irritating – is the itching. You may also feel a burning soreness and this can be accompanied by a whitish odourless discharge.
Though very uncomfortable, these symptoms can be sorted out quickly and easily, by treating at the site of infection as well as soothing the irritation.
Most women seek help for relief of external itching. However, it is important that the infection is treated internally as well as externally, to prevent symptoms from returning.
Wash your hands before and after using the soft gel pessary and cream.
Insert the soft gel pessary into the vagina preferably at night using the applicator provided and apply the cream thinly to the affected area 2 to 3 times a day.
If no improvement is seen after 7 days consult your doctor.
Do not use the soft gel pessary or cream, and see your doctor as soon as possible if:
This is the first time you have had symptoms of thrush;
You are pregnant or trying to become pregnant;
You have had more than two episodes of vaginal thrush in the last 6 months;
You or your partner has previously had a sexually transmitted disease.
Do not use if you have any of the following symptoms:
Irregular or abnormal vaginal bleeding or a blood-stained discharge
Ulcers, blisters or sores of the vagina or vulva
A foul smelling discharge from the vagina
Redness, irritation or swelling associated with treatment
Lower abdominal pain
Pain or difficulty in passing urine
Fever or chills
Feeling sick or vomiting
For external use only.
The soft gel pessary contains Clotrimazole 500mg as well as White Soft Paraffin, Liquid Paraffin, Gelatin, Glycerol, Water, Titanium Dioxide (E171), Quinoline Yellow (E104), Sunset Yellow (E110), Lecithin, Medium-Chain Triglycerides.
The 10g Tube of External Cream contains 200mg (2%w/w) as well as Benzyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Cetyl Palmitate, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Octyldodecanol and Purified Water.