Thrush Treatment
Thrush is a common fungal condition caused by a yeast infection in the vagina, penis or mouth. Around 75% of women will experience thrush in their lifetime. It is caused by an overgrowth of yeast bacteria that cannot be contained by the natural, good bacteria. It can be very uncomfortable, and generally needs to be treated using medicine. Thrush symptoms can differ between men and women. They can also be mild or more complicated depending on the severity of the infection. You can buy thrush treatment online from Medicine Direct following an online consultation with one of our registered doctors.

Thrush Treatment

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  1. Buy Fluconazole thrush treatment -Medicine Direct UK Online pharmacy
    Fluconazole Tablets (150mg)
    From As low as £5.99
    • Effective for both penile and vaginal thrush
    • 1 Tablet to be used as a single dose
    • Relieves the symptoms of thrush quickly

    Please note brand received may vary

  2. Clotrimazole Cream 1%
    Clotrimazole Cream 1%
    From As low as £7.99
    • Antifungal medication used to effectively treat Thrush
    • Used to treat a wide range of skin infections caused by fungus
    • Apply Clotrimazole evenly to the affected area for best results

    Please note brand received may vary

  3. Canesten Thrush Combi (Pessary & External Cream)
    Canesten Thrush Combi (Pessary & External Cream)
    From As low as £13.99
    • Fast and effective treatment for thrush
    • Helps to clear the signs and symptoms of thrush
    • Includes an internal treatment that works directly at the location of infection
  4. Canesten Cream
    Canesten Cream
    From As low as £7.99
    • Widely used to effectively treat Thrush and other infections
    • Generally clears the signs and symptoms of Thrush within 1 week
    • Works by killing the yeast which causes fungal infections

What is thrush?

Thrush is a yeast infection that affects both men and women. It is a particularly common infection in women, with around 75% of women suffering from thrush at least once in their lifetime. There are various different kinds of thrush, such as oral and vaginal thrush. However, it can also affect other areas of your body, like the armpits, groin and between your fingers. This type of thrush often results in a red, itchy or painful rash that scales over with white or yellow discharge.

In some cases, you may not exhibit any thrush symptoms at all.

Thrush is not classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it can be very uncomfortable and be passed on through having sex. It is also quite common for thrush to come back more than once.

Thrush Symptoms

Thrush symptoms are similar for both men and women.

For women, symptoms of thrush include:

  • Thick, white discharge (like cottage cheese)
  • Soreness or burning during sex
  • Itching or irritation of the vagina
  • Stinging while urinating

For more information on Vaginal thrush symptoms in women, visit the NHS Inform website.

For men, symptoms of thrush include:

  • Redness or burning around the foreskin and head of the penis
  • Difficulty in pulling back the foreskin
  • White discharge
  • Unpleasant smell

For more information on thrush symptoms in Men, visit the NHS inform website.

If you keep getting thrush, you will need to go and visit your GP to rule out any other health issues. It might be the sign of an STI, or the result of an immune system condition such as diabetes.

Causes of Thrush

Thrush is caused by a fungus that is called candida which can cause a number of physical symptoms. This fungus is normally harmless. Although thrush is not an STI, it can be passed on, or caused, by sex.

More commonly, you can get thrush by changing the balance of vaginal or penile bacteria. This can happen if you are taking antibiotics, are pregnant, or if your skin is irritated. Irritation can be caused while showering if you use heavily perfumed soaps, and if you do not dry yourself properly after washing.

Thrush commonly grows in warm and/or moist conditions and grows if the bacterial balance changes.

You are particularly vulnerable to the thrush infection if:

  • You are pregnant
  • You have been through the menopause
  • You have diabetes that is not well controlled
  • You are currently taking any antibiotics
  • You have a weakened immune system (for example, you may have had chemotherapy or HIV)
  • Your skin is damaged or irritated

Thrush Diagnosis

A doctor or sexual health expert can diagnose thrush.

You should speak to your GP or a sexual health clinic if:

  • You are under 16 or over 60
  • Your treatment has not worked
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You are exhibiting thrush symptoms for the first time
  • Your thrush keeps coming back
  • You have thrush or a weakened immune system

Your doctor will ask you certain questions, including:

  • How long you have had the symptoms
  • Whether you have asthma or a steroid inhaler
  • Do you have any long-term health conditions?
  • Do you have any other new symptoms of illness?

Have you taken any antibiotics for an infection?

Thrush Treatment

There are a variety of thrush treatments available. Avoiding sex and using cotton underwear will help to restore the bacterial balance. Steer away from tightly fitted clothing or synthetic materials.

Thrush vaginal tablets, also known as pessaries, are one option for treatment. These are put inside the vagina using an applicator. Typically, vaginal thrush treatments can be used for up to 6 days. If your thrush has not improved, you should visit your GP for advice.

Antifungal creams can also be bought to help relieve your thrush symptoms. A common home remedy is to use natural yoghurt. However, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that this can improve the symptoms of thrush. Nonetheless, women have reported that yoghurt can help to relieve burning or itching sensations.

Tablets for thrush

If pessaries and antifungal creams do not work, oral tablets can also be used. At Medicine Direct, you can buy thrush treatment online with a valid UK prescription, which one of our registered doctors can issue to you. Simply fill in the free online consultation with an online doctor, and they will prescribe you the medication if you are eligible.

We offer one of the most commonly taken thrush tablets, Suprax.

Buy thrush treatment at Medicine Direct for genuine medication, delivered right to your door. Buy online with us before 2pm and we can also offer you free next day delivery.


This medication comes in the form of cream and is to be applied to the affected area. This medication can be used to treat thrush in both men and women.

Thrush Frequently Asked Questions

Does having thrush mean I’m dirty or unhygienic?

While it is very important to wash your genitals regularly with unperfumed soaps, please do not fear that having thrush makes you dirty or unhygienic. There are many different causes of thrush, and while poor hygiene can help to exacerbate the condition, it is highly unlikely that it is caused by this alone

Will thrush clear up on its own?

Thrush can clear up on its own as your vaginal flora's natural balance is restored. However, without a clinical thrush treatment, that could take a long time. If you do suffer from this infection, you are advised to speak to your doctor about a thrush treatment; this condition can be very uncomfortable, so you will want to clear it up as soon as possible. Most cases of vaginal thrush can be cleared up within a week when using an antifungal thrush treatment.

Can I pass thrush to sexual partners?

This infection is not classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it is common for thrush to be passed on through sexual partners, particularly through unprotected sex. Vaginal or penile thrush can also cause oral thrush if you have oral sex with a partner. If you have unprotected sex while you have thrush, this can lead to a re-infection cycle that can be hard to break if both you and your partner do not receive treatment.

Should I worry about thrush in pregnancy?

Thrush is a common occurrence in pregnancy and it will not harm your baby. Please note, however, you should still seek your doctor's advice if you develop the infection while pregnant.

I have had thrush a number of times – how do I stop getting it?

Regularly washing your genitals with unperfumed soap, wearing loose-fitting cotton underwear and trousers, and ensuring you are properly lubricated before sex are just a few ways you can avoid developing thrush. You should also urinate immediately after having sex. Regular episodes of thrush may be a sign of an underlying condition like diabetes or a weakened immune system. If you keep experiencing this problem, you should speak to your doctor, to rule out a more serious condition.

I’ve heard you can treat thrush using natural yoghurt – is this true?

There is no evidence to prove that this will treat thrush. To effectively treat this problem you should use a clinically proven tablet for thrush, like Fluconazole. You can buy Fluconazole online from Medicine Direct, following a consultation with an online doctor. If they deem it an appropriate treatment for you, they will give you a prescription to buy this thrush tablet from our online pharmacy. If you buy online before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery.

I have discharge that smells strongly – is this thrush?

Coloured or smelly discharge is unlikely to be a result of thrush. It is more common among a bacterial infection, such as bacterial vaginosis. If you suspect you may have bacterial vaginosis or any other type of vaginal infection, you should seek treatment from your doctor.

I’m feeling pretty itchy, is it thrush?

Vaginal itching or irritation can be a symptom of thrush. If you experience this, please speak to your doctor, who will be able to recommend the most suitable treatment.

If I take a course of antibiotics will I get thrush?

Antibiotic treatments do not cause thrush directly, but the way they work can make it more likely that you will develop it. Antibiotics work by killing bad bacteria in the body, or stop them from multiplying and spreading. However, they can also upset the balance of good bacteria in your body. For example, if the good vaginal bacteria is killed, it can make it easier for the fungus that causes thrush to grow. If you are taking treatments that increase your risk of thrush, this will normally be detailed in the side effects section of the patient information leaflet that comes with the medication. Please speak to your doctor about the possible side effects of a new medicine before you start to take it.

Doctor Notes

Medicine Direct have an experienced clinical team of doctors, pharmacists and dispensers, all of whom are based in the UK. All are fully trained and qualified to provide appropriate and considered care across all areas of treatment we have available at our online pharmacy.

This means that no matter which member of our team is assigned to your case, you can rest assured that you are in the hands of a highly skilled medical professional, who possesses the compassion and clinical expertise to properly advise you on the best course of treatment.

We are fully regulated

All of our doctors and pharmacists are fully registered with both the General Medical Council (GMC), MHRA and the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). Each member of our team has also worked in various clinic settings in the past, such as community pharmacies and NHS hospitals.

Sonia Khan Medicine Direct Pharmacist

Sonia Khan
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This content has been written by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh

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