Understanding Blue Waffle Disease – Blue Waffles Guide

A ‘waffle’ is a slang name for the vagina and the term ‘Blue Waffles Disease’ is used to describe an extremely severe vaginal infection or a sexually transmitted disease (STD) which is supposedly nasty particularly because it turns the colour of the vagina to a sort of bluish-purple both on the internal parts and on the labia.

According to the different claims concerning this phenomenon cum disease, it is described to have the following symptoms and peculiarities:

• The most popular description of the disease is the discoloration of the vagina and the external genital area (the labia) to certain shades of blue or violet.
• An abnormal, massive, pus-like and discolored discharge with an awful stench.
• Swelling of the vagina making it very sensitive and leading to pain during intercourse.
• Scabbed lesions/sores on the vagina.
• Chronic irritation of the vulva.
Causes and mode of transmission of the blue waffles disease are allegedly through:
• Poor hygiene of the vagina
• Having unprotected sexual intercourse and with multiple partners ( like as of a sex worker/prostitute)
• Having several (untreated) STIs ( Sexually Transmitted Infection) at once
• Exclusively transmitted from females to males.

But as terrifying as this disease sounds, there is absolutely no medical back up for these claims. All that has been recorded about it is plain hearsay with no valid proof of its existence or patient record so it is simply a medical hoax. The blue waffle rumor is most popular amongst young adults and teenagers especially ones who have become sexually active or are planning to be.

Blue waffles disease pics in a woman

Apparently, Youngsters in the west particularly in the United States brought up questions about this condition (that has captured their attention and inspired them with fear) in sex education classes bringing it to the attention of adults and professionals for verification as their only source of reference concerning it had been either the Internet or their peers but the phenomenon described to them from these sources is too severed to be ignored and too convincing to be trivialised.

The Blue waffle disease also called Blaue Waffel in German affects both men and women, although women have the higher chance of getting this disease.

Katherine George (director of education for Planned Parenthood in the Southeast U.S. and based in Atlanta, Georgia) told Fusion that most teens seem to assume that the blue waffle is real as young people regularly go to her with information about how to avoid catching it. She said, “I hear about it regularly from middle schoolers and high schoolers and occasionally, someone in college.”

Obstetricians/ gynecologists (OB-GYNs) emphatically insist that the blue waffle does not exist in the medical world. As reported in the Women’s Health Foundation blog, Dr. Amy Whitaker, an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology at the University of Chicago Hospital, said of the traumatizing image making rounds as not being the typical appearance of any STD or any condition of the vagina or vulva:
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 pictures and “fake” disease used to lure people into some web site.

The pictures themselves are 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 STD causes 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 the force…

The hoax is said to be initially found on a website called ‘Documenting Reality’ before numerous images (probably manipulated using photoshop) said to be pictures of the condition began to float around the web.

An online medical journal, Fact Check Medical (published 1 April 2013; updated 26 May 2016) addressed the blue waffle myth thus:
References to “Blue Waffles Disease” hit the Internet around March 2010 when an image ( disturbing image) of scabbed, blue-tinted labia was circulated along with the claim that the image pictured a type of vaginal infection resulting from a sexually transmitted disease (a condition which was supposedly common enough that it had been identified and given the slang name “blue waffle disease”).

The rumor about the blue waffle was so strong that even the New Jersey City (USA) councilperson Kathy McBride attracted media attention on 1 April 2013 when she gave a speech about the disease during city council meeting, describing it as a serious threat that needed to be dealt with. She claimed it has already claimed 85 lives and that there was a case at Trenton, saying that it is a virus that is 10 times greater at this point than the AIDS virus. McBride was mocked for taking the issue seriously and not recognizing that she had apparently been taken in by an April Fool’s prank.

From every indication, the blue waffle disease and the red pancake disease , in fact, is not only a medical myth but also an urban legend, an Internet-born phenomenon or hoax. However, it has become a serious issue for reasons such as these:
Like all things on the Internet, rather than dying down with time, the hoax and its accompanying panic even in 2018 and it is becoming more widespread and to other parts of the world; like African countries such as Nigeria as it gets re-circulated on the Internet or through social interactions bringing about a fresh need and persistence to refute the claims.

Furthermore, because information is so readily available in this age of Google and wiki-says, with people still so shy about talking about their bodies and matters relating to sex and health, they take their questions to the Internet where it is difficult in most cases to actually decipher fact from fiction.

Now on the clarification, symptoms associated with the imaginary blue waffle and  Blue waffles disease pictures are reminiscent to symptoms of existing STIs like the irritated vagina or vulva, smelly discharge, and itching or burning could all be signs of bacterial vaginosis (or vaginitis). Lesions sound more like herpes.

The blue coloration from the rumors could be traced back to the first image on Documenting Reality. According to Ph.D. and sexual health expert Dr. Elizabeth Boskey, the image actually shows “a gentian violet stained vaginal yeast infection.”
Finally, it better to take matters of reproductive health or any health issue for that matter to a medical specialist and avoid self-diagnosis or prescriptions as these can turn out to become more threatening than the initial health challenge.

In spite of the fact that this STD disease just like the special fried rice disease is not real kindly get yourself tested from time to time when you notice ant abnormality in your body, most especially in your genitals.

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