Medical world encounters numerous strange terms every single passing day that it just surpasses the lay man’s sense most of the times. Prevalence of new diseases is elevating simultaneously with the advanced health care facilities through the virtue of the diseases may have shifted. At times a condition comes which conquer the attention of people, the internet and becomes the search topic of million folks.

Blue waffle got the consciousness of people in the year of 2010 and the source of its awareness was, of course, the popular search engine of the contemporary world “internet”. It was a random picture of the symptoms of this disease which was becoming epidemic and the medical world initiated scrutiny.

What is blue waffles disease?

Blue waffle is a vaginal infection which is thought to be one of the sexually transmitted diseases. The term waffles allocate reference to vagina and victims have complained the color of the vagina changing into a blue. So it coined the term Blue waffles disease.

It has many similar symptoms like other vaginal infections apart from its color changing. The most common symptom of the disease is vaginal swelling and occurrence of patches clawing the labia can also be seen.

Sometimes the patches can be seen in the form of red dots. Other symptoms inflicted by the disease are similar to other vaginal infections like intense itching accompanied with burning sensation and followed by the bad odor.

How women becomes the victim of the disease?

As far as the researchers have dig or after knowing the history of the victims, the substantial reason for becoming the patient of the former is the use of the unhealthy objects during masturbation.

Firstly Some women love inciting self-pain with sharp objects on the vagina and these objects may turn out to be unhealthy and may inflict the problem.

Secondly, Growth of the bacteria in the genital region can worsen the condition as to for the women who involves themselves in unhealthy intercourse as well as being sexually active throughout the day. The proliferation of the bacteria occurs due to unhygienic surroundings and bacteria multiplies and affects the labia.

And moreover, if the patient has some other sickness or the one is suffering from any autoimmune disease or the immunity level is already low, all these conditions do not go well with the disease.

When and how the disease was introduced?

Around March 2010 internet was hit by the images of exfoliated vagina (labia) which was also laminated by blue tincture. It claimed to be some sort of vaginal infection which was thought of being sexually transmitted.

Bruising shown in the picture was intense and as it was much in correlation with the sexually transmitted diseases it captivated the attention of the many people and soon became the debatable topic in the medical world.

After much of the discussion, it put the folks into the state of bewilderedness. The bafflement of the condition was that weather it was a real image of the disease or just a digital manipulation as a result of some mischievous act or whether it was a real case of infection or else the bruising is a result of some sexual assault. All these things were giving a transient image of the condition.

Blue waffles are considered as a hoax!

Yes, this disease has got no recognition in the medical world. It is not accepted as a disease in the former world. With the lack of substantive cases, it is merely known to be a fiction. As blogged by the Dr. Amy Whitaker, an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Chicago Hospital, on the site of the World health’s foundation. She stated that:-

There is no disease known as “blue waffle disease,” in the medical world. There is no disease that causes a blue appearance on the external genitalia. I had never heard of this until you wrote to our section and asked about it. The common belief among medical professionals with whom I have spoken or e-mailed about this is that it is a hoax; the picture and “fake” disease used to lure people into some website.

The picture itself is disturbing. It is possible that a bluish appearance to external genitalia could be from bruising, which could result from force, most likely from a sexual assault. I can’t say, obviously, if that is the case here, but bruising certainly wouldn’t be bright blue. No STDS cause external bruising. Additionally, there appear to be one or two lesions, which could be an STD of some sort (for example, a herpes lesion), although it is certainly not clear from the picture. It even appears that there might be some sort of laceration on her right labia, a “cut” of sorts, but again it’s unclear. That could also be from force, or it could be an STD that presents with a lesion on the vulva.

On the other hand, the entire thing could be ‘photoshopped,’ and nothing in it represents anything ‘real.’

In any case, this is not the typical appearance of any STD or any condition of the vagina or vulva.

The above statement makes the things much conspicuous and Colombian university also refer this disease in the same manner.

It is a fictional sexually transmitted disease!

The reality of the above statement is still unknown and it carries so many questions around it. For instance what if the images circulated on the internet are real, what if the disease exists and the victims need help, is it being ignored by the medicos? All these things are still lingering.

So even if it a fictional disease, it revolves around the sensitive part of the human being and also the dreadful one “STD” and that is the reason behind the curiosity to know about this disease.

So here are symptoms, causes and possible preventions of the condition with the reference of the various sources irrespective of whether it exists in real or not. It has many common things with other vaginal infections.

Signs and symptoms of the disease

  • The commencement of the disease presents mild to moderate symptoms which mostly includes itching and it intensifies with the severity of the condition.
  • The initial symptoms do include the swelling of the labia and it can be seen in and around the labia.
  • As the condition become more severe the vaginal discharge starts and the patient may feel pain while urinating and intercourse.
  • The nature and consistency of the discharge depend on the pathology of the disease.
  • If the cause of the infection is bacteria, discharge is grayish watery along with foul odor which may smell like a fish.
  • If the person has got the yeast infection, its discharge would be like thick cottage cheese along with the bad odor.
  • The appearance of the dark red spots can also be seen.
  • The bluish discoloration which is the hallmark of the disease has not been seen and proved so far.

Causes of the blue waffles disease

  • The one possible cause is still unknown. But some bacteria, parasites as well as viruses can be held responsible for the condition.
  • Lack of immune power leads to overgrowth of the bacteria, especially the ones which kills the good and healthy bacteria and that leads to infection.
  • Failure to maintain the hygiene over there is also one of the root cause. Vaginal hygiene is very important. But it is often neglected but the women even after the intercourse.
  • Practicing unhealthy sex and using unsanitary methods worsen the condition.
  • Women who involve themselves in multiple sex partners are more prone to get victimized. Mostly sex workers become the patient of this disease. The partner of the opposite sex is also liable to get infected.
  • Some vaginal sprays creams and soaps which are used on genitals may cause allergic reactions and can cause swelling of the lips of the vagina. It can also elevate the existing condition.
  • Any other allergic reactions whose causes are entirely different may cause inflammation over the region.
  • Unsanitary sex objects and toys are one of the major cause of the disease. Women who use non-cleaned and some sort of filthy objects for masturbation develop the disease. Those things are fine to use as they have the purpose but it is strongly recommended that they should be the healthy condition. If the toy is not used and throws it should be cleaned properly after the use.
  • Excess of the cleaning destroys the healthy bacteria which are lucrative for the vaginal health. So in turn vagina may become prone the infection.
  • Use of the uncleaned undergarments leads to the growth of the harmful bacteria and increase the chances of the infection.
  • Prolong use of sanitary napkins during mensuration also initiate the infection. All the pads have a recommended time for how long it should be kept during periods. Women must stick to that. An extension of the time can be dangerous. 

Visiting the Gynecologist

Whenever a person encounters such kind of situation, consulting to the gynecologist is the first step towards the treatment.

Whether is a person is sure or not about the condition, visit the doctor is a must. There is no point of being at an edge of risk.

Only after the examination by the doctor, any kind of treatment can be given to the patient.

How is the condition diagnosed?

Experience doctors need to have a look at the vagina to diagnose the condition. Apart from that sample of the vaginal discharge can be taken which is sent to the pathology lab for the examination of the bacteria. After knowing the type of bacteria the treatment of the patient can be started.

Treatment of the disease

  • The good health of the vagina is must to correct the condition.
  • Treatment is given according to signs and symptoms.
  • If bacteria is the root cause, antibiotics can be given to the patient. One must complete the course of the medication as prescribed by the doctor to rid of the infection.
  • In case, the root cause of the infection is yeast, antifungal medicines like miconazole are prescribed.
  • Apart from the medicines prescribed by the doctor, one must take care of the good vaginal health.
  • Avoid using unhygienic things.
  • Use of vaginal washes to maintain the ph of the vagina.
  • One must have sex with precautions to avoid transmitting the disease.

Prognosis and risk associated with the disease

  • The prognosis of the disease is directly linked to the hygiene maintenance by the patient.
  • The disease is curable but its rate depends upon the patient.
  • Along with the medication, one should keep the good hygiene.
  • If the condition is not corrected on time it put the life of the person at stake
  • And yes, as it is sexually transmitted, it also put the health of your partner in danger. So one need to be very careful.

A person should always be very attentive regarding the health. Any negligence can be a risk. So visit your doctor before its too late.