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Lilypops Fri 22-Jan-21 09:04:34

Yesterday I went to the local Boots to get a tube of Canesten ,
The assistant first asked me what I was buying it for, I told her I had the “itch down below” She then asked me how old I was , I told her 73 , She then said she couldn’t sell it to me being over 70 and I would have to see the Doctor,
I was trying not to go to the surgery for a minor thing and buy it, I feel GP ,s are busy enough. This has never happened in the past ,although it has been a couple of years since I needed it ,
Has anyone had this happen?

maddyone Fri 22-Jan-21 23:31:40

Buy it in Superdrug or online. But also get checked out. GPs are working and are seeing some patients, but the GP has to make the decision if they need to see you. Your GP may simply prescribe the cream to be going on with and ask you to make an appointment to see her when things have quietened down in a month or two.

Lilypops Sat 23-Jan-21 09:05:25

Santana. Phone consultations with photos!!! I would need to be a contortionist with my camera 🤣🤣🤣

Marydoll Sat 23-Jan-21 09:25:13

When I was rushed into hospital with a very unusual condition, whilst in the last stages of pregnacy. I was asked if I would consent to my nether regions being photographed for a medical journal.

I agreed, as long as my face was covered with a blanket. blush

Marydoll Sat 23-Jan-21 09:33:53


maddyone Sat 23-Jan-21 10:18:21

I think that was very brave of you, blanket on your face or not. I could just about accept students looking on, everyone has to learn, but not a photograph in a medical journal.

Marydoll Sat 23-Jan-21 10:27:33

Maddyone, what made it worse was that one of the doctors had been my friend from school and through university. I had always been secretly in love with him. Tall, handsome, charming, intelligent and the softest of Irish accents. 😍
I had been visiting my mother and became unwell. She had beeen a midwife and insisted DH take me to the local hospital, not the one I was booked into.
I don't know who was more embarrassed my friend or me. I insisted he leave the room, much to the annoyance of the consultant. blush

maddyone Sat 23-Jan-21 11:53:01

Marydoll grin

BlueSky Sat 23-Jan-21 12:56:18

Marydoll! blush

cornishpatsy Sat 23-Jan-21 13:28:00

I either say I am on anti biotics or that I am buying it for my daughter.

I know that I do not have diabetes.

Lovetopaint037 Sun 24-Jan-21 11:06:54

It has to be a yoghurt with priobotics in them Every day I have the fage O% fat Greek yoghurt and plain Kafir yoghurt on top of my oats. I have done this since I discovered that I could ward off bladder infections which I was getting regularly. Told my sister in law as she was having the same problem and it worked for her. So never used it for thrush but it might well work.

Sparklefizz Sun 24-Jan-21 11:13:00

There is a natural product called Cervagyn by Biocare, available online. It contains probiotics and herbs and was recommended to me by a naturopath I was seeing.

D-Mannose tablets work brilliantly for bladder/cystitis problems.

Both are natural products.

Sparklefizz Sun 24-Jan-21 11:13:35

Forgot to say that the Cervagyn is for thrush.

clementine Sat 30-Jan-21 21:39:17

It’s because Thrush is uncommon in over 60’s but other issues which can mimic the symptoms are more serious Such as Lichen Schlerosis whjch needs different treatment. Well done assistant. She’s been properly trained .

Daffydilly Thu 04-Feb-21 11:32:01

I work in community pharmacy. The reason they wouldn't sell canesten to you is because, in ladies over a certain age, there are more sinister reasons for thrush type symptoms. It would be awful if a patient was treating what they thought was thrush and later found out that they had something much worse. Please contact your doctor. Wishing you well. X

crazyH Thu 04-Feb-21 11:39:40

Skin gets dry down there....resulting in I use Diprobase, moisturiser. I get it on prescription, but you can also buy it off the shelf.