Toilet Infection does not actually exist as a disease in Medicine, but a non-medical person will often refer to an infection around the Vagina as toilet infection.
Toilet Infection Symptoms:
The general signs and symptoms of toilet infections are:
Itching: this itching can be so intense, and in some women, the itching comes with pain whenever you try to scratch or rub the area. This can be very discomforting.
Pain on Urination: Some people experience severe pain which is usually burning pain or it is peppery in nature, when urinating or when having sex.
Abnormal Vaginal Discharge: There could be a discharge from the vagina which is usually noticed when it becomes much, or when it starts smelling or when the color is abnormal.
Abnormal Menstrual flow: Infection could affect the number of days it takes for your flow to end, and it could also affect the Amount and the timing.
Abdominal Pain: Toilet infections are important causes of chronic (long) lower abdominal pain in some women that may be mistaken for menstrual pains.
Some Habits That Make You Have Toilet Infection
This refers to the various ways that women clean their vagina and some of these ways can be harmful. Some women make use of salt and warm water; others use Antiseptics, while some use Medicated Soaps to wash it together with water. All these could lead to the killing of some bacteria that are helpful to the vagina (help to protect it from harmful bacteria or fungi).
Method Of Cleaning The Anus:
The recommended method for women to clean the anus after using the toilet is by cleaning it from front to the back. When you clean the wrong way (from back to the front), you can mistakenly wipe the fecal matter on the vagina and that will carry all the germs of the fecal content into the vagina. So to avoid this, simply wipe from front to the back to avoid introducing harmful microbes into the vagina.
Use Of Dirty Toilet:
This is the most common mean by which women get infected, and is probably the reason why women refer to it as Toilet Infection. As explained above, the toilet is not the only way you can get infected, as some are actually sexually transmitted.
Most women get infected by squatting to urinate, which is not good because someone might have used the same place and that person might have been infected already, so by squatting to urinate, you get infected when your urine touches the ground, picks up the micro-organism in the infected person urine and then splash back and touches your vaginal area. A single drop is all you need to be infected because millions of these organisms exist in just a drop.
Water System Toilet:
If you are using the water system of the toilet, it is recommended that you use enough tissue paper (toilet paper) inside the seat before using the toilet. This is because; it is common for the water to splash and touches the vagina which is exposed directly to the toilet sink. Also, to avoid getting infected easily, just to put enough toilet tissue in the water so as to prevent the splashing.
Use Of Some Perfumes And Soaps:
Some women use perfumes and spray on the vagina in order to make it smell nice, and trust me, am here wondering who is supposed to come and smell it! Unfortunately, perfumes or scented soaps are a very good source of growing germs, so stop using any perfume or scented soap on your vagina. Simply wash with ordinary clean water while bathing, that is enough to keep the smell healthy.
Use Of Wet Under-Wears:
It is surprising that some women use the same pant or underwear day in day out for multiple days before changing. This will make germs to grow on it and bacteria grow in minutes. Thus within hours, you can be infected already. Also, the use of Nylon Under wears make you sweat easily and can make germs to grow easily too.
Weakened Immune System:
Your immune system is just like a soldier that fights diseases in your body. When it becomes weak and unable to fight infections, then normal micro-organisms that were not harmful becomes harmful because there is nothing to control their actions. The immune system can become weak due to HIV/AIDS, taking Steroids, Excessive Alcohol, having Diabetes, Pregnancy, etc.
Wrong Use of Antibiotics:
Some people misuse drugs so much, and when you use Antibiotics inappropriately, you are causing harm to yourself because it can cause different diseases and not just Toilet Infection. Antibiotics do not just destroy the Harmful microorganisms in the body but they also attack the protective bacteria in the vagina, which normally stop the harmful organisms from overgrowing.
It is therefore advisable that you should never use any drug without a prescription from your doctor or health care provider.
Birth Control Pills:
Many Changes in the female body occur as a result of hormones and with increased hormonal levels from estrogen-containing birth control pills, the vaginal environment becomes disturbed. This can lead to an environment for the candida fungus and the bacteria to grow and cause Toilet infections.
Changes such as ovulation and menopause can lead to toilet Infections too because of the change in the environment of the Vagina.
Fungal (yeast) Attack
A majority of adult women have had at least one genital yeast infection in their lifetime, and vaginal yeast infection is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, but some men will develop symptoms such as itching and penile rash following sexual contact with an infected partner.
The yeast is normally kept under control by naturally occurring bacteria in the body, and yeast infections are caused by an overgrowth of normally growing fungi in the vagina that creates unpleasant symptoms.
If the natural balance of microorganisms is disrupted, the yeast grows out of control, possibly caused by any of the events already mentioned above, that may include:
- Yeast infection may occur after taking a course of antibiotics for another condition such as strep throat.
- Both diabetes and pregnancy make the vagina better suited for fungal growth, as these conditions lower the glycogen store in certain vaginal cells, and may also raise the sugar content (and the pH) of the vagina.
- Birth control pills can change the vaginal environment, especially, with increased hormonal levels from estrogen-containing birth control pills.
- Hormonal changes such as ovulation, menopause, pregnancy, etc…
- Steroid use
- Wearing underwear that is tight or can increase temperature, moisture, and local irritation.
- Weakened immune system, e.g HIV/AIDS
- Use of douches or perfumed feminine hygiene sprays
- Scratches in the vagina
Other causes of vaginal inflammation may be allergies to spermicides, vaginal hygiene products, or detergents and fabric softeners. Older women may experience atrophic vaginitis, which is a thinning of the vaginal walls) with menopause.
Bacterial Vaginosis is the most common type of toilet disease and is caused by 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.
Certain factors can, however, increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis. They include:
- Frequent douching
- Use of an Intrauterine device (IUD)
- Having more than one sexual partner
- Having a new sexual partner
Bacterial vaginosis is usually not life-threatening but can lead to serious problems in some cases.
Having Bacterial vaginosis during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, and uterine infection after pregnancy.
Pelvic infection is more likely to occur if you have Bacterial vaginosis, and you undergo pelvic procedures such as abortion, cesarean section etc.
Also, having Bacterial vaginosis makes you more vulnerable to catch sexually transmitted infection
Causes of Non-Infectious Vaginitis
Non- Infectious vaginitis is a case where the symptoms like itching, burning, and vaginal discharge happens without an infection. This is mostly as a result of allergic reaction to various products. Such products include:
- Perfumed soaps
- Vaginal sprays
- Pant Liners
- Fabric softeners
It may also occur as a result of lower levels of hormones or removal of ovaries which can cause the vagina to be dry, resulting in burning and pain during intercourse. Also, external objects such as a forgotten tampon may cause vaginal irritation
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