Canesten Thrush Cream relieves irritation of the vulva (vulvitis), which is caused by thrush (candidiasis)
Although Canesten Thrush Cream provides relief from the external irritation caused by vaginal thrush, it cannot treat any internal (vaginal) cause of the infection. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a treatment for this. Some women suffer from recurrent attacks of thrush. To reduce the frequency of these attacks, the doctor may advise that the sexual partner's penis is treated with this cream as well, even if they have no symptoms of thrush. If you are unsure whether you have thrush, check with your doctor.
Thrush is a common infection that most women suffer from at some time in their lives. Thrush is caused by a yeast (fungus) called candida which lives harmlessly in the vagina and other parts of the body. However, the natural balance that keeps candida under control can be upset by many factors such as hormonal changes (menstruation, contraceptive pill, pregnancy, menopause), poor health, antibiotics, perfumed soaps, bath additives and tight clothing. If the level of yeast increases, it can develop into a thrush infection causing any of the following symptoms; persistent burning itching around the vagina and vulva, redness, swelling and soreness of the tissues of the vagina and vulva and a whitish, odourless discharge from the vagina. If this is the first time you have had these symptoms, talk to your doctor before using any treatment.
To treat the itching and soreness of the vulva, the cream should be thinly and evenly applied to the area around the entrance of the vagina, two or three times a day and smoothed in gently. A product to treat the internal (vaginal) infection should be used at the same time. Treatment should be continued until symptoms of the infection disappear.
Consult your doctor if the symptoms of your infection do not improve within seven days of finishing treatment for the internal infection. If a doctor has recommended that your sexual partner is treated with this cream, the cream should be applied to the end of the penis 2 or 3 times a day for two weeks
Do not use the cream if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the active ingredient clotrixazole. If you are unsure about this, ask your doctor.
See your doctor as soon as possible and do not use Caneston Thrush Cream if you have any of the following symptoms :
* Irregular Vaginal Bleeding
* Abnormal vaginal bleeding or a blood-stained discharge
* Ulcers, blisters or sores of the vagina or vulva
* Lower abdominal pain
* Pain or difficulty in passing urine
* Fever or chills
* Feeling sick or vomiting
* A foul smelling discharge from the vagina
This is because Caneston Thrush Cream may not be the right treatment for you. If you are unsure whether you have thrush, check with your doctor before using the product.
If you are pregnant or trying for a baby, tell your doctor before using Caneston Thrush Cream. If you have informed your doctor already, follow his/her instructions carefully.
Before using the cream, you should see your doctor if :
You have had more than two infections of thrush in the last six months
You or your partner have ever had a sexually transmitted disease
You are aged under 16 or over 60
You have ever had an allergic reaction to Canesten or any other vaginal anti-fungal products
As with other creams and pessaries, this product may reduce the effectiveness of rubber contraceptives, such as condoms or diaphragms, when used together. Consequently, you should use alternative precautions for at least five days after using this product.
To help avoid future recurrences :
* Wear cotton knickers, and loose clothing
* Wash Daily
* After going to the toilet, wipe yourself from the front to back as a thrush infection may be transferred from the bowel
* Change your sanitary protection regularly
* Try to avoid wearing tights, nylon knickers and close fitting jeans
* Try to avoid washing with perfumed soaps or using vaginal deodorants
* Do not wash hard with sponges or flannels and avoid hot baths with strong perfumed oils
If you are still worried or have any questions about the symptoms or the treatment of thrush, do not hesitate to ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
The 20g tube of cream contains Clotrimazole BP at a strength of 2%.
Other ingredients are Benzyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Monostearate, Cetyl Esters Wax, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, 2-Octyldodecanol and Purified Water
Clotrimazole is an anti-fungal agent which fights the cause of infections such as thrush
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