Blue waffle disease

With internet speeding up the spread of information from any part of the world to the rest in a blink of eye, rumours are more likely to take equal part in it. A system operated by an individual may have many connections to other people and those people may have few connections. This is how rumours can spread easily on the internet. Same is the case with the topic under discussion. Blue waffle disease turns out to be nothing more than a hoax spread on the internet. It started out as a rumour online that this is a sexually transmitted disease or STD.

Waffle refers to the female organ vagina and it is a slang. The disease is supposedly said to have a condition in which the vulva and vaginal areas of females turn blue. None of this is true. Rather believing in such information can lead people in seeking advice regarding sexual health from the wrong source and end up getting into unsafe sexual behaviour. Getting the right kind of information is really important that will keep a person away from other forms of diseases which may result out of it.

Symptoms of Blue Waffle Disease

As discussed earlier blue waffle disease causes vagina to turn blue. In any case it is not possible by any means that the genitals of either men or women can turn blue. The disease is supposed to have spread through unhygienic conditions especially of females, having sex too early, unprotected sex and multiple sexual encounters. None of this stands true in the face of scientific evidence. Sexually transmitted diseases do exist but their presence is evaluated by experimentation and case studies by the experts. All of this becomes part of the medical science after extensive research while blue waffle disease is just an internet hoax.

Blue waffle disease name origin

Blue waffle got its name from the waffle being the slang used for vagina. Since the nature of disease is told to be that it is a bacterial infection that causes vagina to turn blue so it is called blue waffle disease. It kicked off as a high school rumour in which girls with little knowledge about sex and STDs had starting talking about this new disease which is a result of unprotected sex, especially poor hygienic conditions, having sex too early and with multiple partner which cause an infection so severe that it entirely changes the colour of genitals. Men are supposed to get this disease if they contact women who lack sense of personal hygiene.

A picture on the internet surfaced with a waffle of blue colour purporting the emergence of a disease named blue waffle in 2010. This picture was associated with another much graphic picture in which the vagina of a particular person was shown not only blue but also had bruises and lesions. Health experts immediately shunned the notion for any sexually transmitted disease to have the ability to turn the genitals blue. In addition they also refute the claims that there is an STD that can only effect women because they equally effect men and women.

As for the picture gynaecologist speak clearly of the picture being blue is work of Photoshop rather effect of any disease. The picture that went viral in the name of blue waffle disease was disturbing for having bruises and lesions. Experts speak of it as not being part of any STD because bruises can be result of an assault not a sexually transmitted disease or bacterial infection. While lesions can also can be due to any other condition, may be herpes.

Blue waffle started out to be an urban legend and its rooted in the middle school gossip where young people with poor information related sex would believe in such rumours. Although it’s been ten years since the picture broke on internet and there had been several doctors proving it to be just fake still there are number of girls and boys who tend to believe its existence.

Blue waffle disease and women

This disease was purely associated with women although in the first place sexually transmitted disease are something that not only effect women but men equally. Having this one to be effecting women only and declaring its symptoms to be multiple sexual partner, too frequent of sexual encounters and also having early sexual exposure. Men here attempting to malign the image of women who are sexually active that they are not only bad women but also they can carry and transmit disease which are not heard before. Although here lies a fact that when a woman is sleeping around she is doing this with men so men are becoming equal carriers and transmitters of STDs. None of the disease has to do with gender rather it effect all alike.

Why the rumour of Blue Waffle spread?

There is a busy world out there in internet and everyone who is a part of it wants to keep up with the pace. This is why everyone around keep himself updated on the latest trends. Speaking of the blue waffle disease it came out as a bait and switch meme. This is something that gives something shocking to the user which he is not expecting and the purpose is humorous. A picture of blue coloured waffle started circulating on the internet with a caption saying, ‘bet you cannot find me on Google image search’. This intrigued people and after finding it on internet they were really shaken by seeing the image of a blue coloured labia which was bruised and had lesions.

Whoever started it off had gotten successful in his malicious act because people did believe in the existence of such disease and this news rather spread contagiously. This had even taken some notable persons as well including the councilperson of New Jersey named Kathy McBride. It had turned out to be a prank on her but medical experts took it seriously and to prevent people into getting any more effected by suspicions they clarified the disease. Unfortunately the adolescents are still taken up by the rumour and led into believing that this disease exists.

What are Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

There was a time when the whole world was alarmed by AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. It was one disease with no cure collapsing the entire immune system of human body which would at once bring a person prone to infections altogether. There were many sources of its transfer but it was particularly considered an STD or Sexually Transmitted Disease. Unprotected sex was one major cause of its transfer from one body to another and others may also include blood transfusion. This is one extreme form of STD but there are many other diseases upon which we shall shed some light.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Venereal diseases or Sexually Transmitted Infections are transmitted through sexual contact. A person who is already running an infection will transmit it to the other through anal sex, oral or vaginal sex. Apart from these forms of contact just the intimate connection can also result in transmitting diseases which include merely skin contact.

Symptoms of STD

Although with varying kind of diseases the symptoms will also be different. There are few symptoms different in men and women which can be an alarming sign.

Symptoms of STD in men

Men may experience. Discomfort or pain during urination or especially sex. The areas like mouth, thighs, buttocks, anus, testicles or penis can have rashes, bumps or sores. Penis will have bleeding or unusual discharge. Swelling or pain in testicles may also be experienced.

Symptoms of STD in women

Women will also experience their symptoms as per their sexual organs which includes discomfort or pain during urination or sex. Mouth, thighs, buttocks, anus and vagina can experience rashes, bumps or sores. Itchiness around or inside vagina. Woman may also go see bleeding or discharge from their vagina.

Common diseases in STD

Chlamydia

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention DCP Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease among American and it results from a bacteria named Chlamydia tracomatis. It infects men and women both. The bacterial infection can infect women in throat, rectum and cervix while for men it resides in throat, rectum and inside the penis or urethra. It can result from anal, oral or vaginal sex when coming in contact with someone who already is infected. It can also be passed over to a child through a pregnant woman. There are also chances of re-infection in case of unprotected sex.

Young people are the ones which are commonly seen infected from the disease and the chances are increased in unprotected sex. The risk can be decreased with the use of condoms.

Chlamydia doesn’t show any symptoms usually. A person may not even notice that he/she has Chlamydia until several weeks of the infection. Therefore it can be spread many other people till a person after days of infection start showing symptoms. This is why protected sex is a must. Symptoms in women include

· Pain during intercourse

· Burning during urination

· Smelly and abnormal discharge from vagina.

· With spread of infection fever, nausea, pain in intercourse or abdominal pain may also be experienced

Men can go through following symptoms.

· Less commonly seen symptom is swelling or pain in either of or both testicles.

· Itching or burning around opening of the penis.

· Urination causes a burning sensation

· Discharge from penis.

· In case the infection is spread into rectum then bleeding, discharge or rectal pain may be experienced.

For making a diagnosis the doctor will take a sample of urine or directly from the vagina by taking a sample from a cotton swab. So having signs and symptoms of chlamydia you should immediately contact your health care provider. Especially women who are 25 or above and sexually active should get themselves tested every year. Men who have men as their sexual partners should also get themselves tested frequently. Pregnant women can also get themselves tested in their first visit. People with multiple partners are also at risk therefore need to visit the doctor.

Chlamydia shouldn’t be gone unnoticed or untreated because this can turn into other diseases as well. With chances of much severe diseases it is better to play safe. Protected sex is the only way you can prevent the disease especially when there are more than one sexual partners.

Genital Herpes

Herpes Simplex Virus HSV is responsible for causing Genital herpes. The main source of contact is sexual and once the virus has entered the human body it stays dormant and can activate more than once in a year. This disease has no cure. Medications can only help in easing the symptoms or reduce the chances of others contacting the disease. This is why protected sex through use of condoms is highly recommended.

Generally genital herpes have no signs or symptoms. Still it has the ability to infect many others because the virus is inside the body already. It may cause sores, itching or pain around the genitals tough.

Symptoms of genital herpes

Genital herpes do not immediately show its signs rather after contracting it will depict the symptoms after ten to twelve days. The symptoms may also be ignored because they are mild in the beginning. Common symptoms include

· As the infection starts showing its effect it will have pain or tenderness experienced in the genital areas.

· After the infection influxes you will see tiny white blisters or small red bumps in a few days or few weeks.

· As the blisters will burst and bleed it will turn into ulcers which shall make urinating painful.

· After healing of ulcers skin will form scabs and will crust over.

Fever, muscle aches, headaches and swollen lymph nodes will be seen in the initial outbreak.

Another dangerous aspect of this disease is that it not only spreads in others but if you will touch the infected area and then any other part of the body even eyes it shall effect that as well. These sores from the infection can be developed on urethra, mouth, anus, buttocks and thighs.

Women can develop sores in or on

· Cervix

· External genitals

· Vaginal areas

Men can experience soreness in

· Scrotum

· Penis

The dangerous part of genital herpes is that it can recur several times in a year. Different people will experience the disease differently for some maybe the recurrences will be more frequent in a year and will continue to infect them for years. For few the infection will have a milder effect having lesser frequency of recurrence. However before a relapse a person may experience following signs.

· Itching, tingling and burning in the area of infection where is enters first.

· Pain in legs, buttocks and lower back.

Types of herpes virus

HSV-1 it has lesser chances of recurrence and its mode of spreading is through mouth or during oral sex. Spread is through skin and it can cause blisters around the mouth, fever or cold sores.

HSV-2 this type is the most common and very contagious as well. It spreads through skin to skin and sexual contact. Whether a person has an open sore or not it still stands very dangerous for being so contagious.

Women are at more risk of having genital herpes than men. Having multiple sexual partners increase the chances of contracting the disease. It not just infects the genital areas but can pass from a pregnant woman to her baby. To add to the problem there is risk of getting other problems as well like rectal inflammation, meningitis, bladder problems, new-born infections and other sexually transmitted infections.

Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is also a bacterial infection caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae transmitted from one person to another majorly through sex. It targets the moist and warm areas of the body including female reproductive tract, anus, vagina, throat, eyes or urethra. Vaginal sex, oral sex and anal sex are the major modes of transmitting this disease to others.

Symptoms of gonorrhoea

A person who has contacted the disease is a carrier. Although the symptoms of the disease take 2 to 14 days to appear but it is not necessary for everyone to have the full blown signs rather they are asymptomatic. The carriers still have the ability to transfer the disease to other even if not showing any symptoms.

Symptoms in men

Among men the disease will start showing its effect through painful urination. As it progresses it will develop sore throat, more frequent urination, a pus like discharge from penis. Redness, swelling or pain in penis or testicles. Later a person may also go through pain in rectum.

Symptoms among women

Diagnosis is difficult among females because first they do not show any symptoms and when they start they will be mild to recognise the virus. The signs also resemble that of bacterial or yeast infection which makes catching the disease much difficult. Appearance of symptoms may include greenish, creamy or watery discharge from vagina, burning or pain while urination, more frequent urination, spotting or heavy bleeding, sore throat, pain in abdomen or during sex and fever.

Gonorrhoea can be tested by the health care provider by taking the sample from the infected area. In case it is in throat, rectum, vagina or penis, then simply it will be tested by taking the sample from either of the areas through a cotton swab. If he is suspecting the infection to have gone in the blood stream then blood sample will be taken. The presence of bacteria will be confirmed if it is tested through strain or cultured outside the body.

Damages caused by gonorrhoea does not stop here. Spread of the infection can cause other conditions as well. One of which is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease causing severe pain in reproductive organs. In women this can cause ectopic pregnancy (implantation of egg outside the uterus) or blockage of tubes. Sterility and reduced fertility can be seen in men. Moreover it can also be transmitted to new born. In case the bacteria goes to the bloodstream it can cause inflammation in the lining of spinal cord or brain, damage to heart valve or arthritis.

Treatment of the disease is offered through antibiotics. However the antibiotic resistance poses a challenge to the treatment process. This is why an extensive treatment is used which includes two antibiotics are administrated.

Prevention is still a better treatment for all STDs so frequent check-ups, test and protective sex is the remedy to it.

HPV

HPV, Human Papilloma Virus is another sexually transmitted disease which has infected around million people in 2018 with age ranging in late adolescence and early 20s. There is a variety in HPV and some can cause cancers and genital warts as well. It can be transmitted through oral, anal or vaginal sex from a person who is already infected. The infection can happen even with first sexual encounter or even after multiple encounters making it hard to guess as to when was the first time you had been infected.

It is not necessary that HPV will cause any serious health problem rather it can go away on its own. Nevertheless it can certainly lead to problems like cancer or genital warts. These warts are formed around the genitals in the form of bumps shaped flat or raise, large or small or looking like a cauliflower. People may also develop cancer but that will take many years after the infection. Cancer can affect the genital areas or throat. However it cannot be predicted either a person with HPV will lead to cancer as well but a weak immunity system can be a predictor.

HPV can be prevented by having vaccination which is readily available for ages 11 to 26 years. People above this age should get vaccination after consulting their healthcare providers. In addition to this getting screened for possible presence of cancer is also good to start off with the treatment soon. Those who are sexually active should use condoms for safe sex and try keeping sexual relations with one person only.

There is no particular test which diagnose HPV but screening for cervical cancer can reveal the infection when in women especially the Pap results are abnormal. In men the infection can be diagnosed through the presence of genital warts. These genital warts can be treated with medication but can also go on their own, stay the way they were or enlarge in number or size. As for the cancer timely screening can help in start of treatment as early as possible to prevent more damage.

Pubic lice infestation

These are small insects which infest the genital areas and are also known as crabs. It can be head lice (pediculus humans capitis), body lice (pediculus humans corporis) and pubic lice (phthirus pubis). Lice live in the hair, in this case the pubic hair and feed on human blood causing severe itching. It can thus easily spread through sexual intercourse and is more common in people who have infections going on.

Sexual intercourse is one obvious source of transmitting this disease but can also be spread via use of clothes, sheets, towels or blankets of infected individuals. These lice lay their eggs or nits on the surface of human skin and when they hatch they start feeding on the human blood. Without food they can survive only for two days. They cannot be transmitted without physical contact like from toilet seat or can’t fly on the other host.

Upon contracting the pubic lice infestation keep the children also away from the infected bed because this way they can catch the lice easily. If children get the pubic lice they reside in their eyelashes or eyebrows. Presence of pubic lice in children may show sexual abuse.

Symptoms of pubic lice infestation

For five days in the beginning itching will be experienced which gets intense at night. Other symptoms that follow are pale bluish spots where bitten, lack of energy, irritability and low grade fever. The scratching caused by itching can also lead to infection. Among children where the infestation resides in the eyelashes can cause conjunctivitis also.

Pubic lice can be diagnosed by thoroughly examining the genital region. These small insects are of grey colour and turn darker after drinking the blood. A magnifying glass can help looking up the lice or their eggs which are white in colour and can be found at the base of pubic hair. In case of presence of such insects consult your doctor for further steps.

For treating the infestation first of all a thorough decontamination is required which includes yourself and everything that came in contact. Lice can be prevented by use of topical lotions and shampoos prescribed by the doctor. If simply use of topical solutions don’t work then prescribed medicines can also be taken to treat the infestation. The leftover lice not gone by treatment can be taken by tweezers but shaving or simply washing cannot help since they resist them.

As someone gets pubic lice he or she should stop sharing their sheets, bed, towels and clothes to avoid contact. Sexual intimacy should also be refrained from until they are fully treated.

Syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection which spreads as contact with mucous membrane and skin. Mouth, rectum and genitals are the places which get effected as painless sores. The infection can stay in human body dormant for years thus the disease can recur. If gone untreated it can effect organs like brain and heart leading to life threatening conditions. Tough the treatment is as simple as a single penicillin shot.

Symptoms of syphilis

Syphilis occurs in stages. The order of the stages can alter because the condition and symptoms differ from person to person. The signs may even go unnoticed by a person for years.

Primary syphilis

As the infection enters your body it will leave a sore called ‘chancre’. Someone may develop only one chancre while more than one for anyone else.

The development of chancre starts after 3 weeks of the bacteria enters the body. The symptoms go unnoticed only because the sores appear will be painless and hidden in the rectum or vagina. It may also heal within 3 to 4 weeks on its own.

Secondary syphilis

As the chancre heals it leaves a rash which starts from the trunk but then covers the entire body even soles and palm. They will not itch and be associated with warts in mouth or genitals. Other signs can be lymph node swellings, sore throat, fever and hair loss. The symptoms be recurrent in a year and also go within weeks.

Latent Stage

Syphilis will go to latent (hidden) stage if remains untreated and person can stay asymptomatic for years.

Tertiary Stage

Untreated syphilis will enter the stage where it will start damaging joints, bones, liver, blood vessels, heart, eyes, nerves and Brian. All of this appearing years after the infection first entered the body.

Neurosyphilis

In aggravated condition syphilis will damage the brain leading to neurosyphilis (related to brain) or ocular syphilis (related to eye).

Being a silent infection with mild or no symptoms you should be vigilant of your body changes. Sores or rashes in genitals or other parts of the body should not go unnoticed. A regular check-up and tests should be conducted. Prevention is also important for those engaged in unprotected sex are more at risk. Men having male sexual partner can contract the disease much faster and also those with more than one sexual partners.

Summary

When it comes to information then internet is flooding with it which can have accurate and inaccurate content both. Talking about the blue waffle disease there is a lesson for all of us that we should not indulge in the stories which do not have any scientific back up. Else it will have a direct effect on our health. We definitely cannot take any chances when it comes to sexual health because that has many complications. So you should be aware of those resources which have authentic information and also to cross check it before further dispersing.

Sex education and sexual health is both important. Awareness regarding all the sexually transmitted disease and their reasons will help in understanding the risks and dangers they pose. The right kind of education is most important which will assist in keeping the sexual contact safe and also matters of personal hygiene alright. It all begins with starting to tell about safe sex at an early age so that no one gets indulged in unhealthy activities.

Frequently asked questions

What are at least three common symptoms of STD?

Common symptoms of STD include

Pain during sex

Unusual vaginal bleeding

Smelly or unusual vaginal or penis discharge

Burning painful urination

Bumps or sores on areas around genitals rectum.

What is the most common sexually transmitted disease?

In America the most commonly sexually transmitted disease is HPV Human Papillomavirus for which vaccine is also present.