Women's thrush treatment options

Get effective thrush treatment online without having to see your GP

Boots Thrush 150mg Capsule contains fluconazole. Boots Thrush 1% w/w Cream contains clotrimazole. Canesten Thrush Combi Pessary & External Cream contains clotrimazole. Always read the label.

What is thrush?

Thrush is a fungal infection caused by the yeast candida that can affect a woman’s vulva and vagina. Thrush can also affect men. Although usually harmless, it can be uncomfortable and may keep coming back. It’s not a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it can be triggered by and passed on during sex. Common thrush symptoms in women include:

• White vaginal discharge (often like cottage cheese), which doesn’t usually smell

• Itching and irritation around the vagina

• Soreness and stinging during sex or when you pee

Sometimes thrush causes no symptoms at all.


How can I treat thrush?

Thrush can be treated using an internal product containing the active ingredient clotrimazole or fluconazole. Internal treatment options include an oral capsule or a vaginal tablet, cream or gel pessary. Whilst using one of these treatment options, you may want to use an external cream on the genital area, to help ease any external irritation. You can buy products separately or you can get a combination product which contains medicines to help relieve both internal and external symptoms.


Thrush treatments available at Boots

We have a range of thrush treatments for women aged between 16 and 60 years old who’ve had thrush diagnosed in the past and know the symptoms. Here are a few options that you may want to consider:

Boots Thrush 150mg Capsule (Fluconazole)*

This single dose oral capsule helps treat vaginal thrush and relieve symptoms.

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Boots Thrush 1% w/w Cream*

This antifungal cream containing Clotrimazole 1% w/w effectively treats and soothes the external itching and symptoms caused by thrush.

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Canesten Thrush External Cream 2% w/w*

This external cream contains clotrimazole to help provide effective treatment and soothing relief of the itching caused by thrush.

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Canesten Thrush Duo Oral Capsule & External Cream*

The oral capsule contains Fluconazole 150mg to help treat the cause of thrush, while the cream containing clotrimazole (2% w/w) helps soothe external symptoms.

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Canesten Thrush Combi Pessary & External Cream*

This combo treatment includes one 500mg pessary to treat the cause of vaginal thrush, and one tube of double strength cream (2% w/w) to help soothe external itching and soreness. Both the pessary and cream contain clotrimazole.

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There are also things you can do at home to ease discomfort and prevent thrush returning. These include wearing cotton underwear, drying properly after washing and avoiding sex until thrush has cleared up if sex is uncomfortable.

If you’re not sure which product to use to treat your symptoms, speak to your pharmacist. Always read the patient information leaflet before starting treatment. Speak to your GP if your symptoms don’t clear within seven days of finishing treatment for the internal infection. Please don’t use antifungal medicine more than twice in six months without first speaking to a pharmacist or your GP. You should also speak with your GP if:

• You have symptoms of thrush for the first time

• You get thrush regularly

• You’re under 16 years old

• You’re over 60 years old

• You’re pregnant or breastfeeding

• You have thrush and a weakened immune system – for example because of diabetes, HIV or chemotherapy

*You’ll need to fill in a short questionnaire when ordering this product online which will be reviewed by an online pharmacist to check it’s suitable for you. Suitable for adults over the age of 16. You must be at least 16 years old to buy this product. Always read the label.