Chlorhexidine for thrush in women how to apply


From this article you will learn: when and why Chlorhexidine is prescribed for thrush, the pros and cons of using the solution. How to apply Chlorhexidine, how effective it is. How to douche women.

Author of the article: Victoria Stoyanova, 2nd category physician, head of laboratory at the diagnostic and treatment center (2015–2016).

Chlorhexidine is a bactericidal antiseptic that inhibits the growth of bacterial microflora (treponema, neisseria, chlamydia, gardnerellas, bacteroids), some protozoa (trichomonas), viruses (herpes simplex).

The drug is produced in the form of external dosage forms (ointment, cream, suppository, gel, spray), but 0.05% chlorhexidine solution is particularly popular. It is prescribed for douching and washes during the treatment of mixed urinogenital infections in combination with thrush (pathogen Candida albicans).

The effectiveness of the solution in this case is 82–87% and is based on:

  • ability to inhibit the active growth of pathogenic bacteria (antiseptic, partially bactericidal effect) and protozoa, restore local immunity,
  • mechanical cleansing (douching, washing) of the mucous and skin of secretions from thrush (fungal colonies),
  • preparing the surface for applying a local antifungal drug (the effectiveness of the agent is increased several times).

Chlorhexidine does not have a targeted antifungal effect, but it is equally often prescribed to both men and women. How does it act on the fungus? It inhibits the growth and activity of pathogenic microflora, inhibits the number of bad bacteria within certain limits. This contributes to an increase in the population of beneficial microorganisms and the restoration of mucosal immunity.

As soon as the number of lactobacilli increases (even slightly), conditions unfavorable for Candida fungus are created (for pathogenic activity and growth of colonies), although this is not enough for the complete destruction of the microorganism. Therefore, for the treatment of mixed infections, an antiseptic is always prescribed in combination with other drugs (including antifungal).

The solution of chlorhexidine in the fight against fungal infection has its advantages:

The drug is very sparingly and gently acting on the inflamed mucosa and skin, does not cause irritation, tingling, is not able to provoke a burn.

It is produced sterile, ready for use (there is no need to dilute, mix, somehow cook).

Bottles with narrow and long caps are convenient for vaginal douching and flushing of the urinary tract.

  • With prolonged and frequent use (more than 10–12 days) the drug can dry the mucous membrane, greatly reduces the number of beneficial and pathogenic bacteria and promotes the active growth of Candida.

Chlorhexidine for the treatment of mixed urinary infections women appoint a gynecologist, men - urologist.

Indications for use Chlorhexidine for thrush

Chlorhexidine 0.05% solution is prescribed to prepare the mucous and skin for the application of antifungal agents in the treatment of mixed urogenital infections caused by bacteria, protozoa and fungi:

  • vulvovaginitis (external vulvar lips and vagina),
  • colpitis (vagina),
  • sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis),
  • urethritis (urinary canal),
  • cystitis (bladder).

The solution is not suitable for douching in acute vulvovaginal candidiasis (thrush), as it does not have antifungal action.

Mechanism of action

The active substance in the composition of the drug is chlorhexidine digluconate, which in the course of a chemical reaction (dissociation) decomposes into cations and anions (positively and negatively charged particles).

Cations of a substance affect the cell walls of bacteria and microorganisms (protozoa), disrupting the conductivity of cell walls (transport of nutrients, electrolyte ions) and destroying them.

In a low concentration (up to 0.01%) chlorhexidine, the digluconate in solution has a pronounced bacteriostatic property (it inhibits active reproduction and growth of microorganisms), and in a higher concentration it is bactericidal (it destroys bacteria and protozoa).

If the rules of application (douching, rinsing) are observed, the bacteriostatic and bactericidal action stretches for 3-4 hours (prolonged).

How effective is the tool?

Chlorhexidine is an effective drug, it quickly normalizes the level of pathogenic microorganisms, helps to restore local immunity, and relieves inflammation.

A pronounced positive result in the treatment of mixed infections (including fungal infections) can be expected in 82–87%, but only with the simultaneous use of antifungal drugs.

How to apply

Chlorhexidine 0.05% in solution is prescribed for mixed infections caused by bacteria, protozoa and microorganisms and attached thrush:

The skin and mucous membranes of the external genital organs are treated with cotton swabs dipped in a solution, carefully removing the infection of the thrush for 1-3 minutes (not longer than 10-12 days).

The skin or mucous membranes are irrigated with a liquid from the bottle, while simultaneously removing the thrush with a wet swab during the same time (not longer than 10–12 days).

They flush the urethra with urethritis, injecting 2–3 ml of the solution for 2–3 minutes (1 to 2 times a day, course duration - 10 days).

In case of mixed infections, from 10 to 15 ml of chlorhexidine is administered into the vagina for 10-15 minutes (1 time per day, for 7-10 days).

The duration of treatment, the number of procedures per day and the time of exposure (how much fluid must be in the genital tract, the urethra) is determined by the attending physician.

For severe symptoms of thrush with mixed urinary infections, chlorhexidine is used for no more than 10 days. A long course can provoke dysbacteriosis and an outbreak of acute candidiasis (with a sharp decrease in the number of other microorganisms, the fungus becomes more aggressive and pathogenic).

Douching rules

When treating urogenital diseases, Chlorhexidine douching is often prescribed. This is a procedure that is used for therapeutic and prophylactic purposes. The goal is to irrigate or flush the internal mucous membranes with a therapeutic solution.

Douching is an exclusively feminine procedure; in men, treatment of mucous membranes is also called washing (for example, the urethra).

  • use an antiseptic solution at a concentration of 0.05%, room temperature (when cooled, its effectiveness decreases, the optimum is + 22 ° C),
  • before irrigation, the external genital organs and the skin around them should be treated with a cotton-gauze pad moistened with Chlorhexidine in order to remove as much as possible the whitish plaque of the fungus,
  • There is no need for a special syringe to introduce fluid into the vagina - the product is sold in bottles with a nozzle suitable for irrigation,
  • enter the tip of the bottle (if it has already been opened, process it with ethyl alcohol) into the vagina (comfortable position - lying on your back, bending your knees),
  • without pressure, by lightly pressing the side walls of the vial of the vaginal mucosa irrigate 10-15 ml of antiseptic,
  • the time during which Chlorhexidine is in the genital tract is 10–15 minutes,
  • rinse the vulva with water, blot dry and apply antifungal agent.

Syringe drug recommend for 7-10 days, 1 time per day.

Possible complications

When using a 0.05% solution of chlorhexidine, such complications are possible:

  • With prolonged use (more than 10 days) dysbacteriosis develops and optimal conditions are created for exacerbation of thrush,
  • with improper use (if you increase the processing time) the drug is able to cause dryness of the mucous membranes, resulting in reduced immunity, they are more easily injured, more difficult to heal,
  • in combination with ethyl alcohol, the solution may cause burns to the mucous membranes.


Antiseptic is contraindicated for use:

With the sensitivity to the components of the drug, allergies.

For skin dermatitis (including in the genital area).

In combination with other antiseptic preparations (hydrogen peroxide), alkalis (soda solution), soap and detergents.

Caution is prescribed to children up to 12 years.

Side effects

When using Chlorhexidine may occur:

  • itch
  • rashes (dermatitis),
  • dryness.

All reactions quickly disappear after drug withdrawal.

Author of the article: Victoria Stoyanova, 2nd category physician, head of laboratory at the diagnostic and treatment center (2015–2016).

Characteristics of the drug

Chlorhexidine has an antiseptic, bactericidal effect, destroys pathogenic bacteria (treponema, chlamydia), affects the herpes simplex virus, stops the division and growth of yeast fungi - candid.

The use of drugs has an effect on the mucous membrane, cleansing it, from the first minutes of exposure. The drug does not affect the body systemically, does not penetrate through the skin and mucous membranes into deep tissues.

The drug is available in the following forms:

    Spray on alcohol. Treatment of 0.5% of the remedy does not apply against thrush, it is suitable for other diseases caused by viruses and bacteria. They can treat severe forms of angina.

Solution for douching or washing-out in gynecology. Different types are distinguished by their consistency. They produce a 20% concentrated solution, a 0.05% water-based drug (Chlorhexidine Bigluconate), a drug with a high alcohol content. The use of highly concentrated means is used as an emergency measure, it is not necessary to dilute it.

Chlorhexidine Bigluconate is a gentle option, it can be used with mild symptoms of thrush as a local antiseptic with a bactericidal effect. Douching can change the composition of membranes, the walls of fungal cells, thereby destroying them. Hands, medical equipment, utensils, other surfaces and tools are disinfected with a more saturated solution.

  • Suppositories. Distributed in women with a mild form of fungal disease and pregnancy as an auxiliary treatment, this therapy has gained many positive reviews. In the pharmacy, suppositories are sold under such names asPlivacept, Hexicon, Depantol, Chlorhexidine-Pharmex. Capsules release 8 and 16 mg, the use of candles of one or another concentration depends on the severity of the lesion.
  • Important! Do not forget that Chlorhexidine is not the main drug against candidiasis in gynecology, it is used in combination with other drugs to reduce external symptoms and alleviate the patient's condition.

    Its advantages are:

    • low price,

    • availability in pharmacies, sale without a prescription,
    • efficiency,
    • possibility of use in many diseases.

    The drug does not penetrate into the bloodstream, has only a local effect. However, it is effective for any nature and abundance of secretions. Chlorhexidine works best against vaginal thrush, which is a consequence of the inflammation of the bladder. In this case, it is necessary to do douching with a water-based solution.

    Keep the drug should be out of the reach of children, a dark place, open the bottle must be tightly closed and placed in the refrigerator. You can keep it there for up to 3 days, then be sure to throw it away.

    How to apply for ailment?

    Before the treatment of chlorhexidine thrush, you need to discuss the necessary concentration of the active substance with your doctor. In some cases, the drug will have to be further diluted with water in order to douche, or to introduce only part of the suppository, this issue is solved individually.

    Exceeding the permissible dose, in addition to the existing disease, you can get a new one, for example, bacterial vaginosis after douching.

    It is necessary to consider in detail the main methods of treatment of chlorhexidine thrush in gynecology.

    Douching with a solution

    This popular and safe way of dealing with fungal infections is used according to the recommendations of doctors for a long time due to its high efficiency. It is necessary to consider the important conditions of how to do the procedure:

      1. An hour before handling, the solution in the vial should be at room temperature. Further, it is necessary to pour it into the syringe, since the plastic container from the solution can damage the mucous surface.
      2. A woman needs to sit in the bathroom, gently insert the nose of the syringe into the vagina, and begin irrigation. Manipulations should be done slowly so that the fluid does not enter the uterus through the cervical canal. 5-10 ml of the drug is poured into the vagina and left inside for a couple of minutes.

      3. After manipulating for 10–15 minutes, you can relax and unwind. So Chlorhexidine does not flow out of the vagina ahead of time. After the procedure is important:
        • Do not wash for 2–3 hours
        • Do not urinate for about 2 hours
        • refuse intimacy, do not insert candles, tampons in the vagina.

    The use of suppositories

    The drug effectively and gently removes the symptoms of candidiasis in gynecology, has a fast action, it can be used in the following cases:

          Course therapy for candidiasis. Lasts 7–10 days, in advanced cases, the period can be up to 20 days. The procedure should be carried out 3-4 times a day. In the acute form, when there is a threat of complications in the urinary system, suppositories are administered after intercourse.

        Candles during pregnancy. Experts recommend starting to use suppositories for a short period before birth, thus providing prevention of genital infections. Suppositories with Horhexidine, for example, Hexicon, disinfect and restore the microflora.

        They are most common for the treatment of thrush during pregnancy, as their components do not penetrate into the blood of women and the fetus. They can be inserted into the vagina twice a day for 1 piece.

      1. Prevention. In this case, it is sufficient to administer 1 suppository daily for about a week. For the prevention of genital infections, the procedure should be carried out within 2 hours after sexual contact. For ease of use, it is better to lie on your back, before that you should wash your hands thoroughly. It is necessary to open the package, remove the suppository and gently insert into the vagina.

    The above terms of treatment and prophylaxis with candles are common, the exact period and the dosage is determined by the doctor individually, especially during pregnancy.

    Washing away with medicine

    The drug does not penetrate the vagina, so the procedure can be carried out during pregnancy. Any solution will do, but it is better to use one that is diluted with water (Bigluconate). This procedure is used not only to alleviate the symptoms, but also as a prophylactic agent.

    To achieve the effect in the treatment of thrush, Chlorhexidine should be washed every day in the morning and evening for at least 5 minutes. After manipulation, the skin should be wiped off with a towel and the surface of the mucous membrane should be lubricated with the main therapeutic agent, such as gel, ointment.

    How to use Chlorhexidine for thrush

    Candidiasis - a fungal disease that occurs due to lesions of the mucous membrane. The disease is accompanied by itching, burning, pain and redness, cheesy discharge. For effective treatment of thrush, most doctors prescribe drugs that can suppress the active reproduction of candidal fungi. Such a drug as Chlorhexidine has proven itself well. This drug has antibacterial properties, copes well with viruses, yeast-like fungi and various infections. How and when can it be taken in order not to cause harm to one's own health?

    Chlorhexidine Efficacy

    Submitted drug is particularly popular in the fight against candidiasis. Chlorhexidine can be used for temporary exposure to the spores of many infections. It is important to note that Chlorhexidine does a cleaning for thrush. The drug is produced in special bottles, convenient for external treatment of the mucous. For surface treatment is recommended to use a more concentrated tool.

    For therapy, you can use candles Chlorheksiin. Such candles are widely used in the treatment of vaginosis, as well as for emergency protection against various genital infections.

    Chlorhexidine kills yeast-like fungi, and also inhibits their reproduction and development. The action of the drug begins immediately after contact with the affected surface. The advantage of Chlorhexidine is that it helps even with abundant cheesy discharge, qualitatively cleansing the mucous membrane. The drug is active only on the surface, so the effect on the whole body is absent, which allows it to be used during pregnancy and lactation.

    With prolonged use of the drug there is a risk of bacterial vaginosis due to the death of beneficial microflora. That is why it is strictly forbidden to engage in self-treatment. It is mandatory to contact a specialist.

    Application features

    Наиболее эффективный метод лечения молочницы — спринцевание. Спринцевание противопоказано провозить при беременности.

    If a drug concentration of 0.5% is used, then it should be diluted with water, observing a proportion of 1 to 10. It is advisable to use boiled water. If the concentration is 0.05%, then it is not necessary to dilute Chlorhexidine. For douching you will need a sterile syringe. Before use, the solution must be slightly heated. After the procedure, the vagina is necessarily washed to avoid dryness of the mucous membrane.

    Chlorhexidine should be applied twice a day. The duration of therapy is no more than five days. Instead of a syringe, you can use a special Esmarch cup. You can also douche the vial in which Chlorhexidine is stored. The procedure is preferably carried out while lying on your back. Do not forget to carry out all the necessary hygienic manipulations before syringing, and after it - wash the vaginal mucosa with warm water.

    Drug Use Rules

    Chlorhexidine has no contraindications, so the drug is well tolerated. In case of high concentration, irritation of the mucous membrane may occur, which causes itching, burning and redness. For this reason, it is important to rinse the vagina with clean water after douching. When used, individual intolerance may occur.

    It can be used from thrush even for pregnant women, as Chlorhexidine does not adversely affect the fetus and its development. However, for pregnant women it is better to use vaginal suppositories, since douching is prohibited!

    Forms of release

    Chlorhexidine is available in several forms: candles, spray and solution.

    Candles Chlorhexidine is used as an adjunct in the treatment of mild thrush. Capsules are 8 and 16 mg.

    Alcohol-based spray is used in the fight against various diseases of a bacterial and viral nature. Thrush therapy with this remedy is extremely rare.

    The solution is the most popular type of medication. Use it for washing and douching.

    In more detail about effective solutions and sprays from thrush we recommend to read in more detail in a separate article on our website.

    Drug properties

    The drug begins to act instantly. Drug substance is able to quickly penetrate into the structure of pathogenic microorganisms and provoke their destruction and destruction. It does not adversely affect the mucous membrane of the vagina and vulva.

    Chlorhexidine from thrush is used only as an aid. The drug does not possess antimycotic properties and is not capable of destroying Candida fungi. For candidiasis, this medicament is included in complex therapy.

    The drug is prescribed for the purpose of preparing mucous and skin integuments before applying antimycotic agents in the fight against mixed urogenital infections, which are caused by fungi, protozoa and bacteria:

    • vaginitis
    • colpitis
    • infectious diseases that are sexually transmitted,
    • urethritis
    • cystitis

    Treatment of thrush Chlorhexidine gives good results, but only in cases where this drug is used as an additional method, but not the main one. It can also be used to prevent thrush.

    Mode of application

    Douching is carried out according to the following scheme:

    1. Tip and syringe before the procedure must be boiled.
    2. Lie down and lift your legs.
    3. Introduce the tip gently into the vagina and strongly press the syringe.
    4. Stay in this position for a few minutes.

    You can read more about douching from thrush in a separate article on our website.

    In the fight against thrush, chlorhexidine is prescribed during pregnancy, but it is strictly prohibited to douche in this case. The drug is used only for washing.

    Washout done every day before bedtime and immediately after waking up. The duration of the procedure is five minutes. After its completion an anti-fungal agent is applied to the treated areas.

    Suppositories and Chlorhexidine tampons are used against thrush.

    The scheme of tampons is as follows:

    1. Vata is twisted and wrapped with a bandage.
    2. The resulting tampon is wrapped with a strong thread and tied at the end.
    3. Moistened in the drug and injected into the vagina.
    4. The procedure is performed twice a day.

    In the case of candles, they are introduced into the vagina deep in the morning and evening. The duration of therapy is three weeks.

    Adverse reactions

    In rare cases, there are such unpleasant symptoms as burning and dryness in the vaginal area, as well as redness of the skin. This clinical picture is due to non-compliance with the dosages recommended by a specialist.

    Improper use of the drug can lead to the development of dysbacteriosis, and against its background, the situation will only worsen.

    Chlorhexidine is effective in combating various viral, bacterial and fungal infections. It is often used in the treatment of candidiasis, but only in the process of complex therapy. Without the use of antifungal drugs, the desired result will not be achieved.

    In some cases, hydrogen peroxide from thrush is used, so we recommend reading more detailed information on this topic.

    Description, action

    Chlorhexidine - pharmacy with a pronounced antiseptic effect, disinfectant, antibacterial. The drug destroys microbes, pathogens, viruses. Interferes with reproduction of fungi, creating unfavorable conditions for them. When applied externally does not cause irritation of the mucous, does not lead to dryness.

    The product is made in the form of vaginal suppositories of 10 pieces per pack, solutions with different concentrations - 0.05%, 0.1%, 0.2%. Spray 0.5%. It is used to disinfect the surgeon's hands before surgery, to quickly disinfect instruments, surfaces, and skin.

    The active ingredient is chlorhexidine digluconate. Excipients create the consistency of the funds, help absorb the active ingredient. Chlorhexidine digluconate acts against gram-positive, gram-negative bacteria and viruses. It has a pronounced antiseptic, bactericidal property.

    The drug is used for the treatment and prevention of diseases associated with the violation of the natural microflora. Chlorhexidine is used in gynecology, dentistry, dermatology, and surgery.

    Chlorhexidine use for candidiasis

    In gynecology, the tool is used in the form of candles, solution.

    Insert into the vagina after pre-washing one time before bedtime. Thrush therapy lasts about 3 weeks. Or twice a day for 10 days. The dosage is established by a specialist. It can be used in combination with antifungal agents.

    The effect of the use of candles Chlorhexidine occurs almost immediately, the external symptoms of candidiasis disappear. But continue therapy until the specified period. The disease goes away in the second week of treatment. After completing the course, you need to re-visit the gynecologist, pass a smear on the microflora. If the fungi remain in an increased amount, prolong the course for another week.

    Douching with thrush

    When using a weak solution of chlorhexidine - 0.05%, used in its pure form. A concentrate of 0.2% is pre-diluted with water in a ratio of 1:10. Further, the procedure is carried out according to the general rules:

    • wash the genitals without using soap
    • sanitize a rubber bulb
    • sit across the bathroom, throw legs on the sides,
    • type a syringe, enter the solution into the vagina:
    • wait 3 minutes
    • use all the prepared solution - for 1 procedure, 100 ml is enough,
    • after the introduction of the last portion, the woman should remain in the same position for another 10 minutes.

    Or drip into the vagina in 3 ml of an undiluted solution at bedtime.

    After the procedure, wipe the genitals with a napkin. Douching is recommended to do twice a day. The course of therapy lasts 10 days. After the procedure, an external antifungal agent can be applied if the medication is prescribed by a specialist.

    If chlorhexidine is in a spray bottle, the procedure is much easier. Do not need a syringe. Insert the tip into the vagina, make 5 injections. The procedure for the treatment of candidiasis is done twice. The most comfortable posture on the back with a raised pelvis, lie down quietly for 10 minutes. Before injecting the drug must go to the toilet. Since urinating is allowed only 2 hours after the procedure.

    Washing away

    Apply a weak solution of chlorhexidine - 0.05% undiluted. Mandatory procedure in the treatment of thrush is performed twice a day - in the morning, in the evening. Laundry is suitable for pregnant women, nursing, since douching in such cases is contraindicated.

    Chlorhexidine gets on the external genitals, does not penetrate. The temperature of the agent should be comfortable. Can not be used before or after soap. Wipe the genitals with a napkin, towel. Apply antifungal agent on the appointment of a specialist. With minor manifestations of candidiasis is used as an independent means. The duration of therapy is about 10 days.

    Tampons with Chlorhexidine from thrush

    Initially required to make the tampon itself. Hygiene means for these purposes is not suitable. A small piece of cotton wool is twisted into a flagellum. Over gauze or bandage in several layers. Tampon shaped, fixed with thread. The tips are left so that it is convenient to remove. All materials must be sterile.

    Impregnate the homemade swab with a solution of chlorhexidine 0.05%. Insert a tampon overnight. In the morning, remove, spend washing. The course of therapy depends on the complexity of the situation, an average of 14 days.

    Use during pregnancy

    Hormonal alterations weaken the immune system, fungi are able to actively reproduce. Thrush during pregnancy in the first trimester threatens miscarriage, in the middle - the pathology of fetal development, in the end - premature birth.

    However, the antifungal drugs themselves do even more harm to the health of the woman and threaten the development of the fetus. Therefore, experts prescribe professional tools in severe cases, recommend the most safe antiseptic preparations.

    During pregnancy, chlorhexidine is prescribed to clean the genitals. The procedure eliminates itching, burning, discomfort, neutralizes the specific smell. Therapy is carried out under the supervision of specialists.

    Use for men

    Candidiasis in men develops with a decrease in the body's defenses, the simultaneous influence of negative factors. Most often it is excessive use of alcohol, coffee, spicy, salty, fatty foods, promiscuous sex, physical and psychological fatigue.

    For thrush, men are recommended to flush the genitals with a weak solution of chlorhexidine - 0.05%. Carry out the procedure twice a day. After the antiseptic can be applied antifungal cream. The duration of therapy depends on the complexity of the disease. The average course is 10 days.

    Treatment for thrush mouth

    Candidosis of the oral cavity develops against the background of weakened immunity. Contribute to the development of the disease intestinal problems, lack of hygiene. At risk of young children of infancy. For the treatment of oral candidiasis, antibacterial, antiseptic agents are prescribed. Showing wiping gums, rinsing.

    Chlorhexidine is used in the form of a weak solution - 0.05%. Moisten cotton buds or ordinary cotton wool, wipe the gums, cheeks, wherever there is plaque. The procedure is carried out twice a day. The treatment lasts about a week.

    The use of the solution for rinsing the mouth is also allowed with a strong infection with thrush. The solution does not cause burning, does not dry the mucous membrane, but with prolonged use, the enamel on the teeth darkens, becomes yellow.

    What is a drug

    Chlorhexidine - a powerful tool with a broad spectrum of action. It has a bactericidal effect (destroys microbes), as well as bacteriostatic (slows down their breeding process).

    The drug is composed of active active ingredient - chlorhexidine digluconate. Used as a disinfectant to protect against pathogens. The drug is used externally in the following cases:

    • treatment bacterial infections of the skin,
    • processing and disinfection wounds and burns
    • disinfection hands and surfaces
    • prevention sexually transmitted diseases and treatment of genital infections.

    Antiseptic is indispensable in dentistry, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology.

    When processing the skin Chlorhexidine bactericidal effect persists for a long time. The product is completely safe, and if accidentally swallowed it is not absorbed into the digestive tract.

    Instructions for use in thrush

    Before you begin treating a disease, you need to know about its symptoms:

    • unpleasant smell
    • strong cheesy discharge,
    • lower abdominal pain and problems with urination,
    • unbearable itching and burning,
    • irritation of the labia and the white bloom on them,
    • discomfort during sexual intercourse.

    Chlorhexidine is available in a variety of medical forms. For the treatment of candidiasis is usually used solution, gel and candles.

    Application in the form of candles and tampons

    Candles are quite effective in treating thrush. Suppositories are applied intravaginally., in the prone position, twice a day. Usually the minimum course of treatment is 7-10 days, the maximum is three weeks.

    Candles can be used during menstruation, but the effectiveness of treatment may decrease.

    The following suppositories containing chlorhexidine are produced:

    1. Hexion.
    2. Plivasept.
    3. Chlorhexidine-Pharmex.
    4. Amident.
    5. Katedzhel.
    6. Tsiteal.

    For convenience, candles are replaced with tampons that can be made by yourself using the following instructions:

    1. Roll cotton wool, giving the shape of a standard product.
    2. Wrap it in a bandage 2 times.
    3. Pre-process the double thread in chlorhexidine, and tightly wrap around the tampon, then tie.
    4. Liberally moisten in solution and gently insert it into the vagina so that the end of the thread remains outside for easy removal.

    A similar procedure should be carried out in the morning and evening. The course of treatment is a week.

    Gel cream is suitable for external use only. It is an excellent tool for treating the genital lips from irritation and redness, eliminates itching, disinfects and soothes the skin. First you need to wash the genitals without the use of soap. It is recommended to carry out the procedure up to three times a day. Single application of the cream should not exceed 4-5 g.

    In addition, in the treatment of thrush in women, prophylaxis with gel should also be given to her partner.


    Chlorhexidine is not used as the only drug in the fight against thrush, because the solution is not a drug. It only temporarily removes the symptoms and discomfort of the disease. It should be applied only complex therapy prescribed by a doctor.

    The main analogues of chlorhexidine

    In addition to chlorhexidine, you can use its equally effective counterparts. These include such drugs: Tsiteal, Amiderent, Plivasept and Katedzhel. These drugs differ in the concentration of the active substance and composition.

    To treat thrush in women was more effective, you should use modern medicines. Chlorhexidine can be used in combination with antifungal agents.

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    What ways you can remove the feeling of itching and burning in thrush?

    Thrush is a fungal disease caused by Candida yeast fungi. If a fungal infection affects the genital mucosa, its main symptom is terrible itching and severe burning, and the symptoms are most pronounced in the evening and at night. Itching for thrush is so severe that it disturbs the sleep and normal rest of the woman. Moreover, in particularly sensitive people, it can cause neurosis and neurosis-like states.

    Itching may increase during the day - from water, when walking, from heat, during menstruation, or directly in front of it. Severe itching markedly worsens the quality of life of a woman and significantly affects her peace of mind, therefore many women tend to get rid of it at any cost in order to relieve their condition for a while.

    How to eliminate discomfort

    You can eliminate burning and itching in thrush in several different ways. However, it is worth remembering that none of them brings full recovery and does not cancel the visit to the doctor for the appointment of a full treatment.

    All local methods of eliminating the itch can be considered a kind of "ambulance", but the doctor will help to completely get rid of thrush.

    Here's how to remove severe itching and burning:

    • Flushing solution of baking soda.

    At 1 liter of warm boiled water should take 1 tbsp. spoon of soda, stir until dissolved. The resulting solution gently wash, moistened in a solution with a cotton pad to wipe the walls of the vagina.

    • Douching with hydrogen peroxide.

    In no case can not take just ready pharmacy solution! Hydrogen peroxide is dissolved in warm boiled water at the rate of 2 tsp to 1 liter of water. The resulting solution makes a 10-15-minute douching slow stream.

    • Litter broth herbs.

    Broths of chamomile, calendula and oak bark soothe itching and reduce inflammation of the mucous. For the best effect, it is desirable to use all three ingredients in one broth.

    • Treatment with antiseptic solutions.

    Applied to a cotton pad with a solution of Miramistin or chlorhexidine should be treated walls of the vagina and the mucous membrane of the external genital organs.

    • Antifungal ointment or cream.

    Cream based on clotrimazole well softens the mucous and is able to relieve itching in just a few minutes. It is highly desirable that the cream be prescribed by a doctor who will select the active ingredient in accordance with the severity of thrush and the individual characteristics of the body.

    In warm boiled water, 2-3 drops of tea tree oil should be diluted, moistened with a cotton pad or tampon with a solution, and the external genitals and walls of the vagina should be treated.

    All these tools will help to remove severe itching and alleviate the condition, but it should be remembered that they do not kill the spores of the fungus that remain in the glandular layer of the vaginal wall, so a relapse of the disease is possible over time. For complete treatment, you will need systemic therapy, diet and proper care.

    Factors to Consider

    There are a number of factors that increase the itching and provoke a relapse of thrush, so they should be eliminated. Here is what must be done to reduce discomfort and prevent its reappearance after treatment:

    1. Diet: do not eat fatty, sweets, yeast pastries, cheeses (especially with mold), do not drink alcohol and carbonated sugary drinks. All these products create favorable conditions for the fungus and cause itching.
    2. Wear free underwear made from natural fabrics. Tight synthetic underwear can cause severe itching and discomfort.
    3. Often wash with warm water without flavored soaps and gels. It is better to use antiseptic solutions or herbal decoctions.
    1. Use only cellulose-based pads, without deodorizing and flavoring components. It is better to refuse tampons at all and not to use them even after treatment.
    2. To the itch did not return after treatment, it is necessary to restore the normal microflora of the vagina. To do this, you can use Lactage locally, as well as daily drink natural yogurt with live cultures of lactic acid bacteria.

    By following these simple guidelines, itching can be significantly reduced, and the treatment of thrush can be facilitated. It also happens that the discomfort bothers a woman after treatment, when everything seems to be behind.

    In order not to disturb the itching after treatment, it is necessary to follow the diet for another 2-3 weeks after the therapeutic course.

    You also need a long time after treatment to comply with hygiene standards given above. And it is better to refuse synthetic linen forever.

    Sometimes burning and discomfort after treatment indicates vaginosis - vaginal dysbiosis caused by the treatment itself and the use of antiseptics. In order to avoid such complications after treatment, care should be taken to restore the normal vaginal microflora.

    Little about fungal infection

    Thrush is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the vagina and vulva due to excessive growth and reproduction of the candida fungus. Candida can be part of the normal microflora of the vagina and cause disease. under certain conditions:

    • hormonal changes (hormonal drugs: birth control pills, glucocorticoids, endocrine diseases: diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism),
    • weakened immunity (during pregnancy, in old age, in newborns, especially in premature babies, under stress, in case of cancer, pathology of the liver, blood, etc.),
    • violation of the composition of the normal microflora of the vagina (antibiotics, intestinal dysbiosis).

    • Women are disturbed by itching, burning sensations, which are aggravated by contact with water, at night.
    • Abundant cheesy discharge.
    • Swelling and redness of the genital lips, white bloom.
    • Anxiety and irritability, insomnia due to unbearable itching and burning.
    • In difficult cases, the urethra, the bladder is involved in the process. At the same time, there are pains in the lower abdomen and urination disturbance.

    If symptoms occur, consult a doctor. Do not engage in self-diagnosis and self-treatment. Before you make a diagnosis, you must conduct an examination.

    It is often difficult to distinguish other infections from thrush, and in some cases it is combined with bacterial infections and masks them.

    For example, with trichomoniasis or bacterial vaginosis. In addition to treating the fungus itself, it is necessary to determine the cause that led to the development of the disease, and act on it, otherwise the unpleasant symptoms return again.

    Properties of chlorhexidine

    Chlorhexidine has a bactericidal effect - destroys germs and bacteriostatic - slows down the processes of reproduction.

    It affects the cell wall of microbes, violates its integrity, which leads to the death of bacteria.

    Active against:

    • chlamydia
    • gardnerell
    • ureoplasma
    • treponem (causative agent of syphilis),
    • neyserii (pathogen gonorrhea),
    • Trichomonas,
    • bacterioids
    • protea,
    • herpes virus,
    • candidates

    When is chlorhexidine used?

    • In gynecology. Due to the fact that chlorhexidine is active against most STI pathogens, it is used for emergency prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. But no later than 2 hours after intercourse. Interesting! For the prevention of STIs, 1-2 ml of a 0.05% solution is injected into the urethra and 5-10 ml into the vagina. Delayed for 2-3 minutes. Treat the skin of the pubis, inner thighs, genitals. After the procedure, do not urinate for 2 hours.
    • For the rehabilitation of the vagina before surgery, childbirth, abortion, intrauterine intervention (insertion of the helix, hysteroscopy, etc.). For the treatment of bacterial vaginosis.
    • In dentistry for rinsing dentures, gums, as well as for stomatitis and periodontitis.
    • For gargling with sore throats, pharyngitis and tonsillitis.
    • In surgery for the treatment of the surgeon's hands before the operation, the operative field and mucous membranes. For washing purulent wounds.
    • In urology for the treatment of urethritis and urethroprostatitis.
    • In dermatology for treating skin in infectious diseases.
    • For the treatment and disinfection of medical instruments.

    Chlorhexidine treatment for thrush

    Chlorhekidin is prescribed for a combination of fungal and bacterial infections. Use candles or vaginal tablets Hexicon containing chlorhexidine. They are introduced into the vagina 1-2 times a day for 7-10 days.

    In the form of a gel used for the treatment of the vulva in girls, as well as in the treatment of thrush in men.

    0.05% chlorhexidine solution is used for douching or for irrigation (leaching) of the mucous membrane of the vagina and vulva.

    Chlorhexidine douching

    Before using the vaginal forms of antifungal drugs in order to increase their effectiveness, it will be helpful to remove the vaginal discharge that is abundant with thrush. To do this, perform douching.

    Douching is performed in the prone position in the bath. Using a sterile pear injected 10-15 ml of a 0.05% chlorhexidine solution into the vagina. After that, lie down for 10 minutes.

    It should be remembered that douching is not a safe procedure and therefore it should be carried out after consulting a gynecologist. You can not douche:

    • during pregnancy
    • after childbirth, abortion 6-8 weeks,
    • in acute inflammatory diseases of the pelvic organs,
    • during menstruation.

    Chlorhexidine during pregnancy and lactation

    In women in an interesting position, as well as during lactation, the local use of chlorhexidine is not contraindicated.

    • The use of chlorhexidine develops increased sensitivity to sunlight. Burns may occur.
    • When rinsing chlorhexidine oral cavity may darken enamel, deposition of tartar.
    • Chlorhexidine can cause allergic reactions, itching, dry skin, rash.
    • The instruction reports that chlorhexidine is destroyed upon contact with soap and detergents with an anionic group (aponines, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium carboxymethylcellulose), which are part of detergents, shampoos, gels. Therefore, it is necessary to wash off their residues before using the drug.
    • Chlorhexidine is not compatible with iodine, other disinfectants - hydrogen peroxide, phosphates, chlorides, borates.
    • The effects of chlorhexidine are enhanced when combined with alcohols.
    • If the solution gets into the eyes, rinse them with running water.
    • Chlorhexidine enhances the effectiveness of some antibiotics: neomycin, kanamycin, cephalosporins, levomycol.

    Chlorhexidine Reviews

    When using chlorhexidine, thrush can be cured in 7-10 days. But in some women, the drug causes itching, burning and dryness in the vagina. This is an individual hypersensitivity.

    If you experience discomfort from the use of this tool is better to refrain. About the drug is dominated by positive reviews.

    Prices in pharmacies in Russia

    Another advantage of chlorhexidine is its price. Solution for douching will cost from 14 to 40 rubles. Candles are slightly more expensive from 170 rubles. Candles hexicon cost about 300 rubles.

    Good with a combination of fungal and bacterial infections. It is prescribed during pregnancy due to its broad spectrum of action against fungi and bacteria, as well as the herpes virus, its effectiveness and safety for the fetus.

    She graduated from Grodno State Medical University, I work in the Interdistrict Perinatal Center of the 2nd level, Volkovysk, Belarus. I specialize in emergency gynecology

    What is chlorhexidine?

    Chlorhexidine is a universal antimicrobial agent to which the following microflora is vulnerable:

    • fungi,
    • bacteria,
    • Gardnerella,
    • herpes virus,
    • Trichomonas,
    • chlamydia
    • gonococci.

    Just want to say that chlorhexidine is not an antifungal drug, so it can not affect the growth of the number of pathogenic microflora. Use the tool as an auxiliary treatment.

    Chlorhexidine is used in surgical practice as an antiseptic. They are treated hands, wound surface, and also disinfected tools. In gynecological practice, chlorhexidine is used for pathologies associated with the violation of the natural balance of the vaginal microflora.

    The drug is available in three dosage forms:

    By chlorhexidine include the phrase "it is impossible to please everyone." This is true, the opinion about the drug is contradictory. This can be explained primarily by the fact that each person's body is different, what helped one does not necessarily help the other. Therefore, the main reference should be not the opinion of people, and the appointment of a doctor.

    Chlorhexidine for thrush in women

    The impact of chlorhexidine occurs almost immediately. The medicinal substance penetrates the cellular structure of the pathogenic microorganism, which leads to its destruction and complete destruction. The important point is that the drug does not adversely affect the state of the vaginal mucosa.

    Chlorhexidine can be used in the form of douching, but it is worth understanding that too frequent procedures can do more harm than good. As a result, dysbacteriosis can develop, which will cause the development of candidiasis and the disease will not be finished before it will be played out with a new force.

    Chlorhexidine is not used as a monotherapy, it should be combined with antifungal therapy and used as an additional method.

    Instructions for use of chlorhexidine for thrush

    To begin, consider how to properly perform douching chlorhexidine. For the procedure using an aqueous 0.05% solution. If you purchased a high-concentration product, it should be diluted with plain water.

    Therapeutic washout

    This technique can be applied even during pregnancy. This is because the medicinal substance is not directly injected into the vagina. Rinse should be within three to five minutes in the morning and evening.

    Then the genitalia should be wiped dry with a towel and, if necessary, apply the drug. Such a procedure can be carried out not only for medical purposes, but also for prophylactic purposes.

    Are there any contraindications?

    Experts do not recommend using the tool in the following cases:

    • age up to sixteen years
    • hypersensitivity to the components of the drug,
    • during pregnancy, the tool is used with great care,
    • use during the critical days is not advisable, because the therapeutic value of the drug is reduced.

    Separately want to say about pregnant women. At once it would be desirable to note that drugs for treatment during this period should be strictly prescribed by a doctor, self-treatment in this case is unacceptable.

    As a rule, doctors prescribe chlorhexidine for thrush only if the disease threatens the pregnancy. And then, it can be used in the form of candles, and not douches. Such procedures may lead to infection of the fetus.

    Chlorhexidine for thrush in men

    Chlorhexidine can also be used to treat men. To do this, it is necessary to prepare a weak solution with a weak one, with the help of which the washing of the genital organs will be carried out at least twice a day.

    With this procedure, men can get rid of severe itching and burning at home. But it should be understood that the drug does not help eliminate the cause of the infection, requires comprehensive treatment with the use of antifungal agents, hygiene, and the rules of healthy eating.

    So, what can you say about chlorhexidine for thrush? This tool has proven itself from the best side and has proven to be effective. Low cost and the ability to purchase without a prescription - this is an additional advantage.

    It should be understood that even the safest remedy can be harmful if used improperly, and chlorhexidine is no exception. That is why, when anxious symptoms appear, pass an examination that will help the doctor to make an accurate diagnosis. And remember that the dosage and duration of treatment is determined by the doctor.

    Chlorhexidine - a general description of the drug

    Chlorhexidine has a pronounced bactericidal action. It is effective against a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms. This substance is available in several dosage forms (suppositories, ointments, gels), but the solution is especially popular. It goes on sale in a concentration of 0.05%.

    Indications for use of the drug in the presence of thrush

    Chlorhexidine for thrush does not directly affect the fungal infection, which is the cause of candidiasis. This drug has a pronounced antibacterial effect. It is active against a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms:

    • herpes virus,
    • Trichomonas,
    • Gardnerella,
    • chlamydia
    • gonococci
    • treponema.

    Therefore, after using chlorhexidine, the number of pathogenic microorganisms in the composition of the microflora of the mucous genital organs decreases. As a result, there is an increase in the population of beneficial bacteria, which leads to the restoration of local immunity. Against the background of increasing concentration of lactobacilli, the growth of Candida fungi is inhibited.

    Usually, the use of chlorhexidine alone is not enough to completely eradicate pathogenic bacterial microflora. Therefore, this drug is almost always prescribed in combination with other drugs, which allows to achieve the best result.

    Advantages and disadvantages of chlorhexidine in the treatment of thrush

    The use of chlorhexidine in the treatment of thrush has many advantages:

    • The product gently acts on the inflamed mucosa, without causing further irritation,
    • after the use of the drug does not develop burning and other discomfort,
    • low cost of the drug and its over-the-counter supply from pharmacies,
    • high efficiency in the treatment of mixed infections caused by various pathogens - fungi, bacteria, protozoa,
    • The drug is available in a convenient form for its use in the treatment of diseases of the urogenital system.

    When treating thrush it is necessary to take into account that chlorhexidine cannot be used for more than 10 days. Prolonged use of the tool leads to the fact that the mucous membrane of the genital organs is overdried and irritated. At the same time, the number of pathogenic microorganisms is rapidly increasing, which completely destroys the previously achieved effect of therapy.

    This drug is not recommended for use in the treatment of acute vulvovaginal candidiasis. It does not possess antifungal activity, therefore it will not be able to effectively and quickly cope with the inflammatory process.

    In the form of candles and tampons

    To make tampons for treating thrush, you need to follow simple instructions:

    • a piece of cotton should be twisted, then wrap it with two layers of bandage,
    • the resulting tampon is tightly wrapped with thread, which is tied at the end,
    • the product is abundantly moistened in the treatment solution, after which it is inserted into the vagina so that the thread goes outside,
    • such tampons are used twice a day to get the best effect.

    For thrush, candles are used that contain chlorhexidine. They are inserted deep into the vagina twice a day - in the morning and in the evening. In the presence of a chronic inflammatory process, the doctor may recommend the use of candles more often - three times a day. The duration of treatment is determined individually (in most cases - no more than 3 weeks).

    Possible side effects and contraindications

    Chlorhexidine for thrush is usually well tolerated by patients. But in some cases, in the presence of individual intolerance, side effects may develop in the form of dry mucous membranes, irritation, itching and burning. Such symptoms may also occur when a woman takes chlorhexidine for too long or in high dosages. Therefore, if any negative manifestations appear, you should consult a doctor to adjust the treatment.

    Contraindications for the use of chlorhexidine include:

    • the patient is less than 16 years old
    • hypersensitivity to medication components,
    • gestation period (only prescribed by a doctor and with great care),
    • menstruation. The use of the drug in this period significantly reduces its effectiveness.

    Use of chlorhexidine for thrush during pregnancy

    When pregnancy occurs, the woman observes a significant decrease in immunity. During this period, many of the fair sex develop thrush, which often has a chronic course. Such troubles appear in those women who have not previously met with a similar ailment.

    The feasibility of chlorhexidine for thrush in pregnant patients is determined only by a doctor. In this period of life, a woman is recommended to use drug treatment only as a last resort - when there is a threat to the development of the fetus.

    Therefore, with the development of thrush, it is necessary to abandon douching with antibacterial agents. This is caused by a high probability of infection of the fetus.

    A pregnant woman is recommended to use only candles, which are more effective for the treatment of thrush.

    Chlorhexidine and thrush

    Chlorhexidine can be used as one of the components of complex treatment of thrush. This safe and effective means is able to flush out pathogens without disrupting the normal vaginal biocenosis. It gently eliminates the unpleasant manifestations of the disease:

    • reduces itching and hyperemia of the vaginal mucosa,
    • reduces the amount of discharge, eliminates unpleasant odor,
    • helps reduce puffiness.

    Properties and indications

    Chlorhexidine has an antiseptic and bactericidal effect, is able to inhibit the growth and reproduction of yeast fungi. The drug acts locally, not penetrating the systemic circulation. Getting on the vaginal mucosa, he begins to act immediately, clearing it and preventing the further spread of the pathological process.

    It is worth noting that in addition to high efficiency, the undoubted advantages of chlorhexidine in the treatment of thrush in women are its low cost, widespread prevalence and the possibility of acquiring without a doctor's prescription.

    Dosage Form

    On the shelves of pharmacies the drug can be found in the form of several dosage forms:

    1. Spray. It contains alcohol. This form for the treatment of thrush is not used. The main sphere of its use is the treatment of diseases of the oropharynx.
    2. Solution. This dosage form is available in two types: concentrated 20% solution (used for emergency therapy in gynecological practice, for disinfecting surfaces, medical instruments, personnel hands) and 0.05% water-based solution (used in the treatment of thrush).
    3. Suppositories. This form is effective in the treatment of non-severe thrush.

    Candles and Tampons

    Chlorhexidine is the basis of drugs such as:

    Suppositories are available in two possible concentrations: 8 or 16 mg.

    Treatment of thrush with candles with Chlorhexidine helps gently and effectively get rid of woman-disturbing symptoms. On average, the duration of therapy is one week. The frequency of administration - 3 times a day. In some cases (severe thrush, high risk of complications), the duration of treatment can be extended to 20 days.

    Chlorhexidine suppositories can be used by women for the prevention of candidal lesions. To do this, it is recommended to carry out the procedure 1 time per day for 7-10 days.

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding

    The period of childbearing obliges the expectant mother and her attending physician to carefully consider the choice of medicines in order not to harm the developing fetus. Chlorhexidine in pregnancy is an approved drug. As a rule, the most safe methods of its use are the introduction of suppositories and washing with an aqueous solution.


    When treating Chlorhexidine, a woman should limit the use of the following remedies:

    • medications that contain iodine,
    • other antiseptic preparations (manganese, furatsilin rasters),
    • Gels for intimate hygiene, soap.

    The most popular analogue of chlorhexidine is Miramistin. The range of its action is somewhat broader, however, and the price is significantly higher.

    Only a specialist can make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe the correct therapy. In the case of independent use of Chlorhexidine for the treatment of thrush, which does not know all the subtleties of its use, the woman is able to further aggravate her condition.