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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?

Juliet27 Fri 22-Jan-21 09:07:46

I just googled and found this...

This medicine can be bought from pharmacies to treat thrush in adults aged 16 to 60 years. If you are under 16 or over 60 you should consult your doctor.

GagaJo Fri 22-Jan-21 09:15:47

Can you order it online Lilypops?

Marydoll Fri 22-Jan-21 09:15:53

It has happened to me. Pharmacies are not allowed to dispense it, just in case it is something more sinister.

Marydoll Fri 22-Jan-21 09:17:40

I should have added that my pharmacist knew that I was on strong antibiotics, which always reulted in thrush, but I would still need to ask my GP for a prescription.

Juliet27 Fri 22-Jan-21 09:17:56

Lilypops I’d be flattered that she had to ask whether you’re over 60 !! 😃

Greeneyedgirl Fri 22-Jan-21 09:18:12

It’s not licensed to sell to over 60s because vaginal thrush is less common in this age group (due to lack of oestrogen) and in case there are underlying conditions ie diabetes.

I guess if one is using vaginal oestrogen it may increase likelihood of thrush, but I don’t know. Am sure I’ve had thrush since I was 60.

Allegretto Fri 22-Jan-21 09:18:20

I think that in the light of the pandemic and knowing your own body, you should be able to make the decision yourself. The pharmacist may well think the same, but has to follow the rules. I would go to a different pharmacy and buy it “for my daughter”. Or try buying it in Tesco, if they sell it.

Missfoodlove Fri 22-Jan-21 09:20:14

Thrush is rare apparently in under 16 and over 70’s.
Therefore a G.P needs to check it out,
Good luck with that!
I would have more chance than having tea on the moon with the Queen today than getting to speak to one of our G.P’s.
I think the reception staff have been replaced with MI5 interrogators.

Marydoll Fri 22-Jan-21 09:27:05

You can buy it in Tesco, but you have to get past the checkout! I suspect that like alcohol, it may be flagged up.

Lilypops Fri 22-Jan-21 09:29:00

Juliet 70. Well I would have been flattered but she couldn’t see my face as I had my mask on. The assistant only looked about 16 which made it more laughable really , but she was just doing her job that she was trained for.
Thankyou all for your input , I hadn’t really thought there may be another underlying problem that I am unaware of. To me it’s just the dreaded “ itch”.
Incidentally. When I was first married and a very naive 20 year old I had Honeymoon itch. , being to embarrassed to go to the Doctor I thought I would treat it myself. I bought TCP cream and used that .. Arrrrgh. My fanny was on fire for days. It was awful.

Lilypops Fri 22-Jan-21 09:31:45

Gagajo I could buy it online or even ask my daughter to buy it ,but after reading advice on here for the over 60/70 I may have to make a GP appointment , that’s if I can get one !!
Thankyou all for advice,much appreciated

Riverwalk Fri 22-Jan-21 09:53:10

I can't believe posters are advising Lily to circumvent the guidance - they're there for safety reasons. At 73 she is quite a way past the age were it shouldn't be used without seeing a GP.

Riverwalk Fri 22-Jan-21 09:54:16

And good for the Boots assistant being on the ball.

Jaxjacky Fri 22-Jan-21 09:55:57

I bought some for DH, ringworm and got questioned too.

Missfoodlove Fri 22-Jan-21 10:00:07

Ringworm needs rebranding,
It’s a terrible name for a really quite innocuous affliction!

Lilypops Fri 22-Jan-21 11:43:54

River walk. Thankyou. The posters were only trying to help. I am well aware now that I must see my GP in case it’s something else, At 73. I am capable of deciding for myself , but again thanks for your concern.

BlueSky Fri 22-Jan-21 12:01:30

Lilypop TCP! grin Bless you I think we’ve all done something similar!
I would use it in the meantime, if you can get hold of it and you can always try to make a GP appointment.

Marydoll Fri 22-Jan-21 12:34:58

The problem about using the ointment in the meantime is that if it is not thrush, it may have an impact on any swabs that need to be done or make the situation worse.

It's a difficult decision to make. Years ago, I was advised by a doctor to use plain yoghurt on a tampon to relieve thrush and it worked! Worth a try.

Elusivebutterfly Fri 22-Jan-21 12:43:36

I admit that I bought Canestan when in my early 60s and ignored the recommendation.
It was a bit later when I had a prolapse that I saw a specialist who told me I had vaginal atrophy which had caused the symptoms.

Oldbat1 Fri 22-Jan-21 13:47:55

Sainsburys have it on the shelf as would Superdrug. I suffered from recurring thrush for years in my 20s and 30s and natural yoghurt worked wonders. In those days you couldn’t buy it over the counter likewise with cold sore ointment. GP appointments must have been easier to get in those days as I wouldn’t recognise a gp or tell you their name.

Lilypops Fri 22-Jan-21 20:27:11

Mary doll. Does it have to be plain yogurt? I have some peach flavour that is going out of date , Could I use that ? 🤣

Santana Fri 22-Jan-21 21:10:36

Our GP prefers phone call consultations with photos on line these days.
That should be interesting with thrush!

Marydoll Fri 22-Jan-21 21:16:10

Lilypops, be careful of the bits. 😂

Bridie22 Fri 22-Jan-21 21:40:09

I was refused canister at local chemist because I was over 60, so I asked my daughter-in-law to buy it for me.!