Blue Waffles Disease

There are many types of sexually transmitted disease and blue waffles is one of them. Waffle is a slang term for vagina.

So, what exactly is blue waffles disease? It is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) characterized by inflammation and bluish discoloration of the vagina. It can be caused by both bacteria and yeast. Although waffles refer to vagina, this disease can still affect the male population, although the prevalence is higher in women. (1, 2)

Blue waffles disease pictures

Image 1: An extreme case of blue waffles disease characterized by purplish to bluish discoloration of the vagina.
Picture Source: www.santamartharescue.org

Who are at risk?

  • Those who have a weak immune system.
  • Those patients with autoimmune disease.
  • Those who have unbalanced diet.
  • Those who are under great deal of stress. (2, 3, 4)

Please see: Causes of blue waffles disease

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Intense burning sensation in the genital region
  • Severe itching in the genitals
  • The genital area will swell and will turn to purple blue
  • The genital discharges turn blue (4)
  • There is an unpleasant odor
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • The patient complains of abdominal pain and fullness in the vulva and pelvic region.
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Infertility (3)
  • Limited movement in the lower extremities particularly in the hip region.
  • In severe cases, there could be tumor formation.
  • Some patients complain of fever, restlessness, nausea with or without vomiting, insomnia, and depression. (5)

Why blue waffles is more common in women?

Blue waffles disease affects both men and women, but the prevalence is higher in women primarily because of the anatomical structure of the vagina. Bacteria love to thrive in warm and moist places such as the vagina.

If the vagina is not kept clean all the time, the bacteria naturally residing in the vagina will multiply. If the number gets out of control you will then start to experience signs and symptoms of infection. (3, 4, 5, 6)

How to contract blue waffles?

  • Unprotected sexual intercourse and multiple sexual partners – It is one of the primary reasons for contracting blue waffle disease. As much as possible, you should avoid having sex with multiple partners, especially with people you don’t know. Those who engage in casual sex are prone to blue waffles and other types of sexually transmitted disease.
  • Use of unsanitized sex toys – In some countries, the use of sex toys is a part of the sexual act. However, one should make sure that the toys he use during sexual intercourse is clean and as much as possible sanitized. Wash the toy before and after use.
  • Poor hygiene and vaginal douching – A good hygiene makes sure that the micro flora is kept in balance. Poor hygiene and excessive vaginal douching can alter the balance of good bacteria. The number of bacteria grows out of control leading to infection. Make it a habit to wash your genitalia after intercourse.
  • Oral Sex – The infection can be easily transferred from one person to another through this method.
  • Frequently changing vaginal cleansers – Some vaginal cleansers contain strong chemicals that can cause irritation in the genitals. As a matter of fact, some vaginal cleansers increase your risk of infection. (6, 7, 8, 9)

What is the cure for blue waffles disease?

There is no specific cure for blue waffles. What the doctor usually does is he uses a variety of treatment modalities to eventually get rid of the infection and improve the condition of the patient. The treatment modalities of blue waffle disease include the following:

  • Drug therapy – If there is an infection, the doctor’s first approach is to use antibiotics. If the infection is bacterial in origin, the doctor will usually prescribe doxycycline or penicillin. For a specific timeframe, the patient should religiously take antibiotics to thoroughly get rid of the infection. If the infection is cause by yeast, the doctor will use antifungal creams.
  • Perineal care – It is a must to keep the genital region clean at all times. Use a feminine wash containing lactic acid to maintain the normal pH level. Excessive warm and moisture could lead to proliferation of bacteria. (9)
  • Wear loose undergarments – As much as possible, you should refrain from wearing tight clothing as it restricts the flow of air. Loose undergarments facilitate proper air circulation, which helps prevent further irritation. (10)

How to prevent blue waffles disease and other types of sexually transmitted disease?

  • Make sure you keep your genital region clean at all times.
  • Use clean sanitary pads.
  • Stay faithful to your partner. Avoid casual sex.
  • When engaging in casual sex, you should practice safe sex. Use a latex condom.
  • When using a lubricant, make sure you use water-based lubricant.
  • Make it a habit to wash your genital area before and after sexual intercourse.
  • Eat healthy foods to keep your body healthy and improve your immunity.
  • If you notice that something isn’t right down there, then you have to consult your doctor right away. Do not wait for the condition to worsen before you take the necessary approach.
  • Get yourself vaccinated against HPV (human papilloma virus) and HBV (hepatitis B).
  • If you are going to engage in oral sex, make sure you use dental dams.
  • Strengthen your immune system by taking multivitamins. (1, 3, 7, 9, 10)

The vagina can be exposed to various microorganisms both good and bad. The good news is that the vagina is a self-cleansing organ. It has the ability to protect itself. It constantly produce secretion to keep the genital region clean. However, unsanitary practices can disrupt the normal flora making the genitalia susceptible to infection. A blue waffle disease is just one of the many sexually transmitted diseases out there. There are a lot more.

To prevent blue waffles disease and STDs as a whole, you need to strictly follow the preventive measures mentioned above. If you feel like something isn’t right down there, go and have yourself checked. Do not wait for the condition to worsen before you have yourself checked by medical professionals. Always remember that a disease is easier to treat when it is in its early stage. (2, 4, 5)

Is blue waffles a real disease?

Is there really such as disease called blue waffles? Medically speaking, there is no such disease condition as blue waffles. It is not yet recognized as a medical condition. According to Amy Whitaker, an OBGYN doctor, there is no disease as blue waffles in the medical world.

It probably is more like a slang used by people to describe a sexually transmitted disease that causes swelling and discoloration of the vagina.

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