Blue Waffle Disease: Does this STD Really Exist?

Blue waffle disease is a fictionalized STD that came from online rumors. It is said that it is a sexually transmitted infection that disfigures and turn the vagina blue.

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) exist but not the blue waffle disease. It started as an internet rumor way back in 2010 and still circulating to this day.

Blue waffle disease is a fictionalized STD that came from online rumors. Online nasty pictures circulating and showing pictures of a female vulva with lesions that has a bluish color. It is said that it is a sexually transmitted infection that disfigures and turn the vagina blue. The term waffle is a slang word meaning vagina and blue is a characteristic of the disease. The fact is, blue waffle disease is not recognized and its existence medically is not confirmed by medical science. For this online rumor to survive to this day is worth the question of why?

For your awareness let us look at its details, it is said that the spread of the disease is thru unprotected sex, those who have multiple partners both men and women. The females are considered vulnerable to the infection. The Vagina’s anatomy is lined with thin mucous membrane, warm and moist in nature makes it attractive to bacteria growth. Let us consider that its symptoms are almost like other sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes or genital warts.

Symptoms of Blue Waffle Disease

There will be dullness in the vaginal area on its onset then worsens with pain, intense itching, and burning sensation during urination   

  • Bumps develop along the labia as signs of inflammation and if left untreated worsens and   vagina turns to a bluish color  
  • Vaginal discharges that emit foul odor is another identifying characteristic of this disease
  • Severe dryness of the vagina
  • Swelling and soreness, dryness around the vulva and surrounding area
  • Feeling full and lower abdominal pain due to enlargement of the pelvis area
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Fatigue, fever, nausea, and vomiting

Who is at Risk?

It’s uncertain at this point if blue waffle disease is a sexually transmitted disease or a vaginal bacterial infection. The list of symptoms should already set a red flag to seek your gynecologist. People who have multiple sexual partners are at risk of this disease. If that can’t be avoided, at least mind the protective measures. Women are more susceptible than men, but that doesn’t mean they cannot be affected.

What Causes Blue Waffle Disease?

Weak immune system

A weak immune system will make your body susceptible to infections from bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungi.  Likewise, the vagina is an easy target because its anatomy and a change in its PH system may result in problems like itching, irritation, odor, and vaginal infection. If the immune system is weak, it cannot fight infection and will be prone to blue waffle disease. 

Stress

Chronic stress endangers your body because it triggers the attack of stress hormones to the body. It slows down the immune system resulting in inflammation and reduction of white blood cells (WBC). Reduction of WBC means that it inhibits the immune system in protecting the body from infections. As there is no way to eliminate stress, at least focus on its management.   

Unbalanced diet

Unhealthy eating practices will deprive the body of its nutritional needs and will also impact the immune system. A well-balanced diet is eating complete and enough meals with all the nutrients your body needs such as carbohydrates, proteins, with vitamins and minerals. It is important for the body’s immune system.  Vaginal infections such as candida and yeast recurring infections are triggered by a certain diet.  

Unprotected sex

Blue waffle disease or any STD’s can transfer if you practice unprotected sex which includes using condoms. Being mindful of the use of condoms will give you the assurance that there is no transfer of whatever microorganisms to a sexual partner. 

Use of unsanitary things during intercourse

This is using contaminated things such as sex toys during sexual intercourse or masturbation. Sex toys that have contact with bodily fluids if not cleaned and sanitized may spread possible bacteria to a woman’s vagina. A minor irritation on the thin vaginal membrane is an entry point of infection.  

Improper sanitary habits

Women who do not maintain proper hygiene are prone to blue waffle disease. The prolonged use of the same tampons or sanitary napkins longer than 8 hours, continued dampness of the vagina and not changing underwear are practiced in which microorganisms thrive. This practice will make you susceptible not only to blue waffle disease but other microorganisms as well.

Resistance to medications of another STD’s

As this is still a working theory, one possible cause is a form of body resistance to treat other sexually transmitted diseases. Some bacteria have developed and spread through sexual intercourse.  

What’s the Treatment?

Your doctor will get your medical history and vaginal and pelvic examination. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics and antifungal topical ointments for yeast infection.    

Blue Waffle Disease Prevention

Wear loose cotton underwear

Try to keep the vaginal area dry because the dampness provides moisture for microorganisms to grow and expand. There is a medicated powder to help keep this area dry. A loose undergarment made of cotton provides comfort and absorbs discharges that make it ideal to wear.

Care of Vagina

Aside from keeping the vagina dry, it is also important to take care of this area as any other part of the body. It is also advised to use lactic acid as a feminine wash to maintain its PH level.  

Safe Sex

Ensure that your partner is free of any infection and always mind protection by using a condom. Sex toys are not to be shared and above all kept clean before every use. 

Work on Immune System

A strong immune system will help your body fight infections and possible body invaders. Aside from ensuring that you have a well-balanced diet, multi-vitamins are accessible and available without a prescription.

 The blue waffle disease is not a confirmed sexually transmitted disease.  For any disease to be confirmed, must go through processes of research that will take years. This may have been sensationalized on the internet but the fact remains that there are women suffering and need relief from vaginal infections.         

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