If you get thrush once it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll get it again. However, to prevent the recurrence of thrush you may need to make some simple changes to your lifestyle. For example, you should avoid using deodorants and perfumed products around your intimate area and make sure to change your underwear after working out.
You can easily and effectively treat thrush at home with Canesten treatments available without prescription. We recommend you use a combination treatment to both clear the infection and calm the symptoms such as itching, burning, redness, swelling and soreness.
Our complete range of treatment options are all effective at treating your thrush infection. We offer a range of treatment applications and formats so everyone can find a treatment they’re comfortable with and suits their needs.
Combination treatments are a 2 in 1 treatment for both the cause and symptoms of thrush. All combination treatments include an internal treatment (vaginal pessary, vaginal cream or oral capsule) and an external treatment (a tube of cream) to relieve symptoms like itchiness and inflammation. For combination treatment, try CanesOral Duo or Canesten 1 Day Pessary & External Cream.
No, you don't need a prescription to buy Canesten thrush treatments. They're available over the counter in pharmacies, following a consultation with the pharmacist. During this short consultation, the pharmacist will ask you a few questions. This is standard procedure and is to ensure they give you the right treatment. These questions may include:
During pregnancy women often get thrush because of the changes going on in the body, especially during the third trimester.
You can treat thrush during pregnancy with vaginal Canesten thrush treatments that contain clotrimazole. You should not use oral thrush treatment as it contains fluconazole which should be avoided during pregnancy. If you are pregnant and think you have a thrush, it is best talk to your healthcare professional before using any product to treat the infection.
You can use Canesten thrush treatments during day or night. However, vaginal treatments are best to be applied before you go to bed, and you can expect some leakage with the product use. For best results, lie down as soon as possible after inserting the vaginal products. This will reduce leakage. You may want to use panty liners to protect your clothing during the time you are using Canesten.
It's best to avoid sex until thrush has cleared up.
Important to know that clotrimazole cream can damage the latex used in condoms and diaphragms. This can mean your contraception will not work as well as it should. Consequently, you should use alternative precautions for at least five days after using Canesten thrush cream.
Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection, however if you are having sex with the same person (male or female) you can pass thrush back and forth. Some women suffer from recurrent attacks of thrush. To reduce the frequency of these attacks, the sexual partner’s penis can be treated with Canesten Anti-fungal Cream to help prevent re-infection, even if they have no symptoms of thrush. In case your male partner has the symptoms of thrush, he can treat it with Canesten Anti-fungal Cream by applying the cream 2-3 times daily and for 2 weeks after symptoms disappear.
If this is the first time you have had thrush, it is recommended that you consult your doctor.
If you have experienced thrush in the past, you can visit your local pharmacy where the pharmacist will be able to recommend an appropriate treatment.
If you need support diagnosing your symptoms try Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test. Canesten Vaginal pH Self Test helps you to diagnose common vaginal infections in the comfort of your home, quickly giving you results that are over 90% accurate1. It’s an innovative solution that will help put you back in control of your intimate health and give you the ability to request the treatment you need if you are suffering from thrush or consult with a doctor.
1. Nyirjesy, Paul, et al. "The performance of an innovative self-sampling test for vaginitis-Selfcare Journal”. SelfCare 2017;8(3):1-
With less oestrogen in your body due to menopause, you’re more likely to experience vaginal dryness. That’s because a decrease in oestrogen causes your vaginal walls to become thinner and means you’ll naturally produce less lubricant in your cervix.
Yes, vaginal dryness occurs in women at any age including before menopause. This may be because of different medications you’re taking or because you’re not aroused or having enough foreplay before sex (though vaginal dryness can affect you during your day-to-day life, not just during sex).
Vaginal dryness doesn’t have to hinder your daily life at any age and there are steps you can take to help prevent it. Avoid using deodorants and perfumed products in and around your intimate area and use lubricant during sex.
Athlete’s foot is a very common skin infection caused by fungus, and you can treat it easily with an anti-fungal medicine applied directly onto the infected area. There are several Canesten products available to treat your athlete’s foot.
Unfortunately not. Athlete’s foot is a fungal skin infection which requires treatment with anti-fungal medicine. The earlier you treat it the sooner it will clear up. For information on treating athlete’s foot simply and effectively, visit our athlete’s foot treatment page.
Depending on the product, recommended treatment time varies. The symptoms of the skin infection, such as itching or soreness, should improve within a few days of treatment with all Canesten Athlete’s foot creams. You will need to continue treatment for 2 weeks after symptoms disappear, to avoid recurrence. If the symptoms do not improve within 7 days, please consult your doctor.
Athlete’s foot shouldn’t stop you from exercising, though you should stay away from swimming in order to help prevent spreading the infection. When exercising, you should wear cotton socks and in changing rooms you should wear flip flops or sandals. After exercising, be sure to properly clean and dry your feet, wash your socks in hot water and let your shoes dry after wearing them.
You don’t need to be an athlete to get this infection. Athlete’s foot got its name because the fungus that causes it likes to hang out in places athlete frequent, like showers, swimming pools and locker rooms. Anyone who gets exposed to the fungus can get infected included women.
You can treat your fungal nail infection with Canesten Fungal Nail Treatment Set. This is a 2-phase treatment for fungal nail infections, with visible results in 4 weeks or less. It helps you get to the source of the infection and back on track towards a healthier looking nail.
Yes you can, though you’re much more likely to get an infection on one of your toenails than on one of your fingernails. This is because the environments your feet are in, (moist socks and shoes, public changing rooms or swimming pool floors) are where the fungi that cause fungal nail infections are most often found.
Yes, it is contagious and if you don't treat the infection, there's a chance it will spread to other nails, so it is important to start your treatment as early as possible. It is best to avoid changing rooms, swimming pools and nail/beauty salons while you have a fungal nail infection to prevent the infection from spreading.
The best way to avoid future fungal nail infections is to take good care of your feet and nails. For example, always dry your feet carefully, and wear flip flops in swimming pools or public changing rooms.
People with blood sugar or circulation issues, increasing age, smokers. External risk factors include increased physical activity, increased exposure to wet work, ill-fitting shoes, swimming pools, walking barefoot and nail biting.
A clinical review of anti-fungal treatments showed that after 6-12 months of treatment different anti-fungal lacquer had 5-17%1clinical/complete cure. Another study with combined urea and bifonazole treatment (Canesten Fungal Nail Treatment Set) showed that after 2 months of treatment the overall cure rate was 55%2.
1. Eisman S et al. Fungal Nail Infection: Diagnosis and Management. BMJ 2014.
The urea ointment has a very thick consistency. This helps in the application and intended use on the infected fungal nail.
When ointments are stored in cold areas they may harden up. If the urea ointment has hardened, it is suggested you try and warm the product up between your hands by rolling it as this will often help soften it.
Not usually, as jock itch is normally found around the groin area, inner thighs and buttocks, not your genitalia. If you have a rash on your scrotum and/or your penis, it’s best to see your doctor so you get the correct diagnosis and treatment.
You don't have to be a jock to get jock itch. While it usually affects guys, girls can become infected by it too.
Certain factors can make jock itch more likely to develop such as excessive sweating while playing sports, hot and humid weather, friction from wearing tight or wet clothes for extended periods (like bathing suits), sharing towels with others.
Jock itch can be spread from other fungal infections such as athlete's foot which can be picked up from walking barefoot in a public shower floor, swimming pools or from using someone else's towel. It is possible to spread the fungus to your groin area from your towel or sharing towels.
You can catch jock itch by contaminated towels, clothing and bed linen. You can also transfer the infection by skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected, and of course by touching an object that carries the fungus.
The area of the groin is a perfect environment for the growth of the fungus that causes jock itch as it's warm and moist. Wearing tight fitting clothing can often encourage the growth of fungi, making looser cotton underwear a better alternative.
Yes, ringworm is contagious and can be transmitted from pets and farm animals to humans as well as from human to human. For tips on how to lower your risk of ringworm and stop it from spreading, visit our prevention page.
As ringworm is a fungal infection, you need to use an anti-fungal treatment to treat it effectively. Canesten has a range of treatment products available including different applications, click here to learn more.
Yes. If your pet has patches of missing fur, it could be ringworm. Check your family and other pets for signs of the infection and take your pet to the vet as soon as possible. If you come across an animal that you think is infected you should stay away to avoid getting the infection yourself.
Ringworm is contagious, however you can take measures to prevent it from spreading and recurring. For example, if someone has ringworm, make sure his or her clothing, towels and bed linen are washed separately.
Unfortunately, treating ringworm will not stop you from catching it again but it will prevent the fungal infection from spreading to other parts of your body.
Ringworm is transferred by person to person or animal to person contact therefore no products can prevent you from contracting ringworm again.
Candidal sweat rash may not go away on its own; you may need to use an anti-fungal product to treat it. If your sweat rash is inflamed, you can use a soothing treatment that also tackles the infection. For more information, visit our treatment page.
If the rash has lasted for 3 days or more despite treatments, it could be Candidal nappy rash, which needs to be treated with an anti-fungal treatment. If you suspect your baby might have Candidal nappy rash, speak to a health professional such as a pharmacist or GP.
You can protect your baby’s bottom from the causes of nappy rash by using a nappy care ointment, such as Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment, at every nappy change. Bepanthen ointment works in two ways to care for baby’s skin and protect it from the causes of nappy rash. It contains pro-vitamin B5 which gently aids natural recovery of sensitive skin while keeping it soft, smooth and moisturised. Bepanthen protects your baby’s delicate skin from irritants and rubbing by forming a transparent layer. If your baby has Candidal nappy rash, your doctor or pharmacist may advise the use of a combined anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal cream such as Canesten Extra, with a follow-on anti-fungal treatment. These treatments are available with consultation from a pharmacist or doctor.
Try to allow your baby to move around without a nappy on for as long as possible, make sure to change nappies regularly, and use Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment every day to care for and protect your baby’s delicate skin from irritants and rubbing.
No, you can speak to your Pharmacist who may recommend Canesten Extra for the treatment of fungal nappy rash. However, if the the nappy rash either worsening or does not clearing up, you should speak to your doctor.
Beach fungus has nothing to do with the beach, but it is a fungal infection which may take some time to treat. The name beach fungus comes from it becoming more visible due to tanning of the surrounding skin after sun exposure.
Beach fungus is not contagious, and you can not spread it or receive it from anyone else. It is over growth of fungus that is normally found on your skin "Malassezia furfur" which is due to exposure to warm and humid conditions.