What is “TOILET INFECTION” actually?

A lot of people have been misinformed about toilet infection and vaginal infections. A lot of women and ladies conclude that they got infections from the toilets they used which is entirely impracticable. I am here to dispel that thought among you reading this.

Surely the toilet seat (especially the one in public toilets) is a pretty dirty item. It contains many bacteria and you have no way of knowing what women have used it prior to you. So, it’s not a good idea to sit on those seats without wiping them out or cleaning. Or, which is even better, using the roller toilet seat covers.

Here is what you need to know: getting infected with a “toilet disease” by just sitting on a public toilet seat is unlikely. It is not probable! It is not practical.  There are certain small chances of “catching” an infection there, but they are virtually non-existent.

Why vaginal infections cannot be gotten from the lavatory seat:

  • Only under 3 percent of all STIs or vaginal diseases are transmitted through domestic items;
  • In most cases there is no straight contact between the toilet seat and mucosa;
  • Most bacteria cannot survive outside the human body;
  • They need direct mucosa to mucosa contact to get transmitted.

These are just few reasons to mention why there is no such thing as a toilet disease. However, there is one thing to point out. There are more odds of you catching “toilet disease” from your hands touching the seat, then by sitting up on it.

If you touch the seat, do not clean your hands and rub your eyes or touch the food you eat, you can get infected. Some diseases, such as milk thrush or herpes can develop in the mouth or on the eyes mucosa as well. Still, there are equal chances of “catching” them, touching someone’s smartphone or a door handle. The same would happen if you handle your private body parts with dirty hands! I would classify this infection as one caused by Escherichia coli or known as E. coil bacteria.

So, why is this term used at all and how come many women believe they got those candida or genital herpes and other infections from the toilet seats? In many cases it is a lie that suits us all. Being diagnosed with STI is not a nice thing to occur. Women can be ashamed of the fact. They need a way of escape and “toilet infection” myth provides just that.

Certainly, vaginal infections and STIs can be transmitted in other ways, but sexual. However, few women are aware of the facts and the ways. So, they find a great excuse in blaming the toilet seat for getting them infected.

Some ladies do not like to consider the fact their men might be the ones to blame for their health problems. Cheating is a hard thing to cope with and no mistake. Let’s summarize the reasons:

  • Socially accepted lie
  • Low level of information on STI and vaginal infections
  • Unwillingness to suspect infidelity

What is hiding under the “toilet infections” term? What do people hide under this term?

It could be a diversity of things. Here are few to mention:

  • urinary tract infection
  • STIs
  • fungal infection/yeast infections
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Not practicing proper hygiene. Using the toilet without washing your hands, especially if you touched the flush, you cleaned your anus front (towards your vagina and urethra ) instead of away or you didn’t clean properly. A this hand gets in contact with your drinking water or food or even direct contact of your fingers to your mouth. Some people don’t exactly practice proper hygiene and your toilet infection as an excuse

What are the symptoms?

It might all start with the symptoms. Some of them may include vaginal discharge, foul smell, itching of private parts, redness, sense of discomfort in the lower part of the tummy, pain, etc. If you get one or several of these signs, the best thing to do is to set an appointment with a gynecologist. For E. coli symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, fever, pale skin and even urinary tract infection can arise.

It is highly advised for women to pay a visit to their physician at least once in 6 months. Do not try to deal away with the symptoms by taking pain killers or doing douching. If you do, you will suffer greatly.

How do you prevent the onset of vaginal infections?

  • Practice good and proper hygiene : wash your hands after the toilet with soap and water at every opportunity or  have a mini hand sanitizer  if you come in with other people’s property which can be vehicles for these bacteria.
  • Practice ABC method which is : Abstain from sex, Be faithful to your partner or protect your self with Condoms during sexual intercourse.
  • Avoid very tight clothing as they generate heat in the private part, and these bacteria thrive on moist areas. Some people wear pant, tight, and leggings which is not advisable. So when you are through with your activities of the day, try and take you bath, or wash your private part.
  • Don’t forget to use toilet paper to clean up after urinating, if not urine would add to the foul smell of that area.
  •  And finally check up with your doctor, there is nothing to be ashamed of. After all, you are not the first and you won’t be the last. Your health comes first, guard it.

Thank you

 

 

 

 

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Bridget Jamil-Gaiya

I am a Public Health student of Madonna University, Elele, Rivers State. I am from kaduna State. I love singing, playing badminton and basketball. in all I love music and sports. I am a very friendly person and like meeting people.