Blue Waffle Disease

Blue waffle disease hoax

Blue Waffle Disease – An overview

Much similar to the vaginitis, the Blue Waffle Disease is a supposed bacterial infection severely affecting a woman’s vagina. Stark bluish-purple coloration and inflammation of the genitals are said to be marked characteristics of this disease. The term “waffle” loosely describes a woman’s vagina. The name Blue Waffle Disease, though strictly not a medical term, is increasingly being circulated over the social media. It is recognized as an STD (Sexually-transmitted disease) and although it mainly affects women, few cases of men acquiring this infection have been reported too. People with auto-immune diseases or lower immunity against bacterial infections are much more susceptible to falling victim to this disease.

 

What are the causes?

Blue waffle disease hoaxThis aggravating disease is believed to be caused by certain bacterial and parasitic mutations.

These specific disease-causing microbes multiply exponentially in warm and moist conditions such as the vagina and the mouth.

The presence of such microbes in a person with a weak immunity will take the shape of a full-fledged inflammation.

The following factors aid in the contraction and spread of this infectious disease:

  • A compromised immune system which is unable to fight against germs is the most common factor. Since the vagina is more open to bacteria and other infection-causing entities, a slight bacterial invasion when coupled with poor immunity can spell havoc.
  • Through unprotected sex, the infection causing microbes can freely pass on from one person to another. Sharing of sex toys, which are not properly sterilized, or having multiple partners can also increase the chances of contracting this disease.
  • Practicing unhygienic methods contribute to the spread of Blue Waffle disease. Women, who fail to maintain a basic hygiene level during and after menstrual cycles, masturbation, or intercourse, are more likely to contract this disease. Along the same lines, excessive cleaning/douching of the vagina may disrupt the level of healthy bacteria and pH in this region which usually keeps infections at a bay.
  • Unsanitary or too tight undergarments are also identified as prime reasons for the growth and spread of these bacteria.
  • An unhealthy diet, lacking food groups which boost immunity levels, may also lead to such infectious diseases. In addition to this, a significant amount of stress, be it physical or mental, can adversely affect your body’s immunity making the person an easy target for bacterial infections.

 

The symptoms of Blue Waffle disease

In the initial stages of Blue Waffle disease, the symptoms are hardly any different from other common STDs. But as the bacterial assault increases through rapid mutation, the symptoms become more aggravated and crippling. The tell-tale signs of Blue Waffle disease are believed to be identified through the following symptoms:

  • It begins with a dull pain in the vaginal area which quickly worsens with time. This pain is also accompanied by severe itching and burning, mostly during urination. The person feels a tingling feeling in the vagina.
  • The inflammation initially takes the form of reddish coloration and visible bumps along the labia region. When left untreated, it quickly renders a very visible bluish purple color to the vaginal area.
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge containing the disease-causing is another marked feature of this infection.
  • Swelling and soreness increase and the skin in the genital region turns excessively dry.
  • Intercourse becomes painful and is accompanied by pelvic area swelling.
  • It may also lead to irregularity in menstrual cycles, infertility, and even formation of tumors.
  • Akin to other bacterial infections, the Blue Waffle disease can also render the individual nauseated, fatigued and plagued with fever and frequent vomiting.

 

Diagnosis

Blue waffle diseaseSince the symptoms of Blue Waffle disease are much similar to other STDs, many women pass it on as a routine infection. This initial negligence is the most common reason why the inflammation is thought to flare up to more toxic levels resulting, supposedly, in more devastating consequences. Few doctors believe that this can be diagnosed through the presence of the trademark bluish coloration, the swelling of the vulva, and the accompanying vaginal discharge. The physical examination of the vulva is enough for few medical practitioners to establish the presence of the Blue Waffle. The doctor may also conduct pelvic region examinations to detect the spread of the infection towards the cervix and other pelvic organs. Pap smears (or vaginal smears) are also collected to study the bacterial growth and rule out the incidence of other STDs.

Treatment

It is important to note that over-the-counter drugs might not be able to help reduce the symptoms hence a visit to the physician is mandatory. The treatment protocol includes the following medications to control and abate the inflammation:

  • Antibiotics are prescribed to the individual such as penicillin or doxycycline which wards off the bacterial onslaught.
  • Topical ointments such as anti-bacterial creams are also used to treat the infection. Blue waffle disease exposes the vagina to yeast infections too hence anti-fungal creams are also helpful as a part of secondary treatment.

 

Prevention

Blue waffle disease stdIf the right preventive measures are undertaken, Blue Waffle disease (or any other STD for that matter) can be prevented to a great extent. Below mentioned are few guidelines which can help one steer clear from such infectious ailments:

  • Do not engage in unprotected sex and refrain from having multiple partners.
  • Keep sex toys and other foreign objects in extremely hygienic conditions. These should be regularly washed, dried, and stored in clean places.
  • One should practice complete hygiene during and after menses, intercourse, or masturbation. Dry and well-fitting undergarments should be worn.
  • A healthy approach to diet, especially if the person is suffering from auto-immune disorders, can improve the overall immunity and can further prevent the onset of such infections.
  • A stress-free life is equally important in keeping such infections away.

 

Facts

  • There is no scientific evidence that proves the existence of this disease. Hence, it is nothing more than an internet hoax.
  • The only medically-backed reason for the bluish coloration of the vagina and vulva is sexual assault (which is not the same as an STD).

Facts

  • Female patients of lichen simplex also show some level of dark-bluish coloration in the vulva region. But is not a bright blue color, as promoted by blue waffle believers.
  • The term “waffle” is a slang term for vagina.

Facts

  • Planned Parenthood publicly declared this disease to be a hoax and an urban legend in 2011.
  • One of the many false rumors associated with this disease is that it was 10 times more dangerous than the AIDS virus, claiming lives of many in the United States.

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Dos and Don'ts

Dos
  • Irrespective of this disease being a hoax, there are certain safety measures one should follow in order to remain protected against any STDs.
  • Always use a latex condom whenever engaging in sexual contacts – vaginal, anal, or oral.
  • Practice proper hygiene. Always urinate after sexual intercourse.

 

Don'ts
  • Tend to have multiple sexual partners.
  • Be negligent of your partner’s sexual history.
  • Delay in seeking medical attention for any STD you doubt you might be having.

 

 

 

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