The Truth Behind Blue Waffle Disease Examined

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If you have been using the Internet long enough, you should know about the popular hoax that is presented as the ‘ blue waffle disease’. It is claimed that women form a large percentage of the sufferers of this disease.

According to those advancing the hoax, there is a new STD by the name blue waffle disease which mostly affects women. Those who insist it is a real disease are using it as a tool to police female sexual behavior.

In popular slang, a ‘blue waffle’ refers to a severe infection of the vagina or STD. It could refer to any of the known vaginal infections, so long as it looks extremely horrible.

The proponents of the mythical disease are, therefore, simply jumping on the hype of the popularity of slang term. The new disease is thought to lead to bruises and lesions that make the outside of the vagina look blue.

Another supposed symptom of the blue waffle disease is a purple-bluish vaginal discharge.

Truth Behind Blue Waffle Disease

What Is Blue Waffle Disease?

Those who believe that this represents a real disease are of the view that it is sexually transmitted. They believe that it is caused by a weakened immune system, risky sexual behavior, poor diet, improper hygiene, and unprotected sex.

Seemingly, once a woman gets the disease, she starts to feel pain and irritation which causes the deepening of the infection as well as the spread of the disease deeper into the tissues.

Stress is also thought to be a possible cause of this disease given that mentally disturbed individuals tend to have a compromised immunity.

People with poor mental health are said to be careless when it comes making bad and dangerous decisions such as engaging in unprotected sex.

Medical experts cannot, however, authenticate any of these claims and why blue waffle disease only began infecting people recently.

Some of the websites that write about the disease claim that the disease is the result of the effects of different bacteria varieties. They claim that the disease can spread quickly among women.

When And Where Did The Myth Originate?

The first online mention of the blue waffle disease appeared in March 2010 with the circulation of an image of a scabbed and bluish looking labia.

Accompanying the image was the explanation that it represented an infection of the vagina as a result of an STD known as ‘blue waffle disease’.

It was, however, a chance mention of the blue waffle by Kathy McBride of the New Jersey City Council that the disease appeared to gain prominence.

Apparently, a constituent had called her to find out what the Trenton City was doing to deal with the blue waffle disease epidemic.

It was clear that McBride was only the victim of an April Fools prank, which is perhaps the reason why she had to sit through a derision session by the rest of the council members.

What Is The Debate Around Blue Waffle Disease?

The supposed image of the infected vagina that was released on the internet was shared widely thus spurring debate on whether blue waffle disease was real or not.

Some people even doubted if the image was real or the work of digital manipulation, just to build a narrative around a mythical ailment.

A big part of the disease surrounded the question of whether the photo represented the symptoms of a real disease or if it appeared the way it did due to bruises from a traumatic experience.

Thus the doubters have held onto the view that blue waffle disease is nothing but a hoax. They lay the blame squarely at the door of internet trolls who they blame for creating and spreading the blue waffle rumor.

They stand on the premise that no medical evidence exists to support the existence of the disease, its causes, and symptoms.

What is not clear is, however, the increasing number of people who still believe that the disease is real.

On the Internet, you will find messages from supposed sufferers of the blue waffle disease, many of who are begging the doubters to change their minds and recognize its existence.

What Do The Opponents Of The Blue Waffle Disease Say About It?

In a comment appearing on the Women’s Health Foundation website, Dr. Army Whitaker makes an assertion that there is nothing like the blue waffle disease in medicine.

According to him, there is no single sexually transmitted disease that gives women a bluish labia.

To Dr. Whitaker, blue waffle disease only exists in the imaginations and minds of journalists adding that for the many years he has been practicing medicine, he is yet to hear of a disease that comes close to that.

It is nothing but a hoax created by overzealous users of the internet.

The Proponents of the Blue Waffle Disease

It is common knowledge that, when bruised, the outer female genitalia tends to take on a bluish color. This is the same way the outer genitals would look when injured as a result of heavy pressure or force.

Those who support the views on the existence of this disease seem to disagree with the observation that bluish color on genitals can be caused by bruises.

To them, this is a clear symptom of the blue waffle disease and should only be held as such.

What about the differences in the lesions found in the outer part of female genitals?

To the proponents, this is an indication of the presence of different type of STDs.

They say these could represent herpes lesions, forgetting that the visibility of the photo is in doubt.

So What Does The Evidence Suggest?

It is highly likely that the photos purporting to show evidence of the blue waffle disease have been digitally manipulated to appear like there were people out there with such an ailment.

There is no way this condition resembles the symptoms of a known STD.

Blue Waffle is certainly used to describe an infected vagina. Does it, however, represent the name of a real disease of the genitals? No. all there is to blue waffle disease is a well-crafted myth that is presented like it is real.

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