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Toilet infections, which is often referred to as toilet disease by some people is a condition in which a female experiences discomfort such as burning, itching and unpleasant or foul odour coming right from the vagina.

The condition is named toilet infection because most ladies could swear they started experiencing the discomfort after the use of public toilet seat.

Regardless of how its viewed, toilet infections can be darned uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing as the itching tends to occur when you are out in public places.

What is Toilet infection?

Toilet infection is medically termed as vaginal infection or vaginitis. They are conditions that cause infection or inflammation of the vagina creating discharge, foul odor, irritation and itching.

Toilet infection is the layman (non professional) term for vaginal infection.

There are several kinds of these infections. However the most common types are

Baterial Vaginosis
Vaginal Yeast Infection
Others include
Non Infectious vaginitis
Viral vaginitis
As a matter of fact, knowing the exact type of toilet infection you are experiencing may be a bit difficult despite that they may have different symptoms. The reason for this is that Vaginitis has many causes and you may have more than one at the same time.

Symptoms of Toilet Infections
The common symptoms of the various kinds of toilet infection are; itching, vaginal discharge, and burning. Irrespective of how similar these symptoms look like, you should be able to point out the difference by examining the colour and the smell of the vaginal discharge.

Some amount of vaginal discharge occurs normally in women of child bearing age, the glands in the cervix produce secretion that moves downwards mixing with bacteria and dead vaginal cells which may make the discharge whitish or yellowish in colour when exposed to air. The quantity of mucus secreted depends on the amount of estrogen produced.

Furthermore, Vaginal discharge may occur as a result of emotional stress or sexual excitement. The discharge in this case is often clear mucus secretion.

Experiencing any kind of discharge that is different from the aforementioned type either in colour, odour, frequency, quantity and texture might be a strong indication that you have toilet infection

Pain is also can be felt however its not a frequent symptom of toilet infection

The following are the symptoms of each kind of Toilet infection.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

Abnormal vaginal discharge with foul odour (fish like smell) often after intercourse
Discharge may be thin with white or gray colour
Itching around the vagina
Burning during urination
Some women may not have any symptoms
Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal discharge is thick, whitish-gray (cottage cheese) in colour
You may not always have vaginal discharge and it can be itchy when it comes
Painful urination and painful intercourse
Intense itching around the vagina

Frothy vaginal discharge with yellow- green or gray colour
Burning during urination
Itching or irritation of the vagina
Foul smell
Discomfort during intercourse
Symptoms occurs within 4 to 20 days after exposure since it is a sexually transmitted disease

Causes of Toilet Infections
Causes of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)
This is the most common type of toilet disease. It is caused by bacteria. The vagina itself houses two sets of bacteria which are; the good bacteria and the bad bacteria.

The good bacteria helps control the growth of the bad bacteria. Bacterial vaginosis is the situation in which the good bacteria are not enough to check the bad bacteria and hence causing overgrowth of organisms such as Gardnerella vaginalis

Although what is responsible for the change or imbalance in the bacteria is unknown, certain factors can however increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis. They include;

Use of Intrauterine device (IUD)
Frequent douching
Having more than one sexual partner or a new sexual partner
It is however important to note that you do NOT get bacterial vaginosis from toilet seats, bedding, or swimming pools.

Bacterial vaginosis are usually not life threatening . But can lead to serious problems in some cases. Examples are given below.

Having BV during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, and uterine infection after pregnancy.
Pelvic infection is more likely to occur if you have BV and you undergo pelvic procedures such as abortion, cesarean section etc.
Having BV makes you more vulnerable to catch sexually transmitted infection.

Natural way to prevent toilet disease 

Douching with vinegar
After menstruation or sexual intercourse, a lot of women carry out douching for microflora purification using a solution made by adding 1 spoon of vinegar to 1 liter of water. However, doctors do not recommend this method of treatment. The reason is that douching can significantly change the natural environment of the female genitals and wash out the healthy bacteria along with the damaging ones. This will only make the situation worse, so you are not recommended to do it without your doctor's guidance.

Eating garlic
This method is widely considered to help with killing infectious bacteria and restoring the microflora. Some women even make special tampons by wrapping chopped garlic in gauze and putting it instead a tampon. However, it should not be kept in the body for longer than two hours. Apart from eating garlic, you can also consume some other useful products like goat milk.

Milk and garlic
To make this treatment, you should boil 0.5 liters of milk and add some garlic cloves. After the mixture cools, use it as a douche to get rid of the itching and pain, as well as treat the infection. It is best to do the douching before bed. After finishing the process, you should rinse the vagina with mixture of soda and water (1 teaspoon per liter of water).

Another natural way of beating toilet infection is eating yogurt which contains healthy bacteria like lactobacillus acidophilus. Yogurt is considered good for influence the growth of useful bacteria in the body. Nonetheless, studies have shown that using this method to treat yeast infection could lead to controversial outcomes. The benefits of yogurt consumption are not confirmed by scientists.

It has been proven that people do not get infected by simply sitting on the toilet seat alone, however the main source of the diseases are always dirty hands, which means you should avoid touching the food you consume, your eyes and your private parts with unwashed hands if you do not want to catch toilet or other infections. Even small children know the rule of washing their hands after using the bathroom every time, so if you cannot do so, be sure to use antiseptic wet wipes.

Here are some tips for Nigerian women which could help them in preventing any kind of vaginal infections.

Stop using soaps – the vagina should be washed with clean water only, avoid using specialized soaps and antiseptics which could destroy your good microflora and damage the vulval environment.

Change your underwear as often as you can – you should do it at least twice a day, especially if you live in hot area or sweat a lot. The perfect way to do this would be by changing your underwear every time you return home from work.

Bend when you urinate – it may seem difficult, however, this will keep you from getting urine splashed on your legs. Washing your legs with plain water is also a good hygienic measure.

Sharing underwear with other people is forbidden – even if they are close family and friends, everyone should have their own underwear, as it is a very simple rule of personal hygiene.
Use underwear made of cotton – it absorbs moisture in the best way, definitely better than nylon. This prevents irritation of the vagina.

Try to have a gentle and careful contacts in bed – do not let your partner harm you in the process because the natural vulval barrier can become damaged.

Visit the doctor – lastly, the most important point is to see your doctor as soon as you notice anything suspicious. The medical specialist will always examine you and give you the best advice about your current health condition.


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