Started with mild thrush about 10 days ago - it got severe after a couple of days so I went out and bought OTC tablet and cream (Asda own brand). It helped a lot but it hasn't gone so today I spoke to the GP.
She said the tablet and cream should have gotten rid of it so she wants me to have a swab and a smear tomorrow (only had last one two years ago but they insist I need another - I'm absolutely terrified of them as I find speculums excruciating, and I'm in tears just thinking about it).
I asked if there's anything else I should do and she said no - the research I did suggests it's common for OTC stuff not to work and then you need a stronger prescription treatment. Apparently not. A swab could take over a week to come back, I guess I'm just meant to suffer in the meantime. Obviously I'm not able to be intimate with my husband until it clears up either, which is bothering me.
It's not constantly painful, just the occasional bout of pain. The discharge is not as bad, but I still have a constant watery, white discharge which is not normal for me at all (normally I get none).
I'm wondering if I should get another OTC tablet - it helped massively, if just hasn't gone. I know they say on them that you shouldn't take two within six months without consulting a doctor, but I'm desperate. Could it do any harm to take another one? I'm also wondering if the more expensive canesten one might be a bit stronger? I've had that happen before (bought the boots version of Dulcolax once and although the dose is the same, it literally didn't work at all).
Has anyone taken another thrush tablet a week after taking one? Is there any real reason I shouldn't? If it could help, I'm willing to try it, I just don't want to make things worse.
Any advice much appreciated