Vaginal thrush can be an unpleasant inconvenience at the best of times and downright painful at the worst. If you’re looking for a solution, you most likely want to know how to get rid of thrush quickly. And we don’t blame you – so let’s get straight into some of the thrush treatments and some tips about how to soothe thrush.
How to Treat Thrush with Antifungal Cream
An antifungal thrush cream is applied directly to the vagina to reduce the amount of yeast and alleviate symptoms. This thrush treatment typically takes just 1-6 days to be effective, although sometimes a second round of treatment is needed. You can also buy separate creams for relieving soreness and itchiness if these symptoms are particularly severe for you.
Note: Sensitive skin? Extensively using a thrush cream could irritate your skin, leading to more problems instead of solving your symptoms. If you have highly sensitive skin, consider trying an alternative treatment option or only applying the cream sparingly.
How to Get Rid of Thrush with Vaginal Pessaries
Pessaries are small devices containing dissolving tablets designed to be inserted into the vagina. They typically come with a special applicator to make the process as easy and painless as possible (lying on your back with knees bent is typically the most comfortable position for doing this).
Similarly to cream options, vaginal pessaries typically take up to 6 days of consecutive use to resolve the symptoms. For faster relief, you may consider applying a pessary twice per night for 3 nights instead.
How to Get Rid of Vaginal Thrush with Oral Tablets
Oral tablets for thrush are typically more expensive than the thrush treatments described above, so you generally shouldn’t resort to them unless recommended by your doctor (e.g. after a cream doesn’t help or you experience thrush multiple times within a short period).
Also, this type of thrush medication is best avoided if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
How to Cure Thrush
Unfortunately, thrush isn’t something that can be permanently ‘fixed’. There are no thrush cures. However, as you get used to the signs and symptoms, you’ll get better at identifying when it’s about to become an issue and treating it quickly. There are also several home remedies you can try and preventative measures you can take to reduce how frequently thrush occurs.
How to Get Rid of Candida
Candida is the bacteria that causes thrush. However, treatments are only designed to address an overgrowth of candida (not get rid of it entirely), since this yeast occurs naturally in the vagina and is usually kept under control by your microbiome.