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Suggest treatment for vaginal thrush

I have had vaginal thrush for about a week now and I ve used the inserted cream and I felt as if it was going away and me and my partner participated in sexual activity but I was in a little bit of pain so I assumed that the thrush had gone a day later the lips of my vagina were swollen and I m still getting the thrush discharge and just recently I had some blood in the discharge and I m a little worried about it what should I do?
Mon, 28 Sep 2015
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Hi there and thanks for sharing your question with us on HCM.

I understand that you have attempted to treat the thrush using a cream. The problem with cream is sometimes, it does not get deep enough to properly treat the infection. You may require a pessary or a short course of oral treatment to properly deal with the infection. I am also concerned that you may have another infection, like vaginosis.

I recommend that you see your regular doctor and let them examine you using a vaginal speculum. If you have not done a Pap smear screening test yet (every lady needs to do this test yearly to test for cervical cancer) this year, it can be done at the same time. They may need to send off some swabs (high vaginal swabs) to confirm the diagnosis. Swollen vulva lips and blood in your discharge could be due to intercourse. When the vagina is infected, its mucus lining easily swells and bleeds during friction. Check your partner as well as he may be infected by you. Both of you need to get treated to prevent reinfecting each other.

I hope your advice helps. Thanks and take care,

Dr Shabnam
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Suggest treatment for vaginal thrush

Hi there and thanks for sharing your question with us on HCM. I understand that you have attempted to treat the thrush using a cream. The problem with cream is sometimes, it does not get deep enough to properly treat the infection. You may require a pessary or a short course of oral treatment to properly deal with the infection. I am also concerned that you may have another infection, like vaginosis. I recommend that you see your regular doctor and let them examine you using a vaginal speculum. If you have not done a Pap smear screening test yet (every lady needs to do this test yearly to test for cervical cancer) this year, it can be done at the same time. They may need to send off some swabs (high vaginal swabs) to confirm the diagnosis. Swollen vulva lips and blood in your discharge could be due to intercourse. When the vagina is infected, its mucus lining easily swells and bleeds during friction. Check your partner as well as he may be infected by you. Both of you need to get treated to prevent reinfecting each other. I hope your advice helps. Thanks and take care, Dr Shabnam