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Major Effects Of Toilet Infection Especially In A Woman by Lawrittanneka68(f): 4:37pm On Feb 07, 2018
Toilet Infection: The term "Toilet Infection" does not refer to a medical terminology, it is a term coined and adopted in Nigeria, which refers to any infection (fungal, bacterial etc) of the vagina.

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 VaginosisVaginal Yeast InfectionTrichomoniasis

Others include

GonorrheaChlamydiaNon Infectious vaginitisViral vaginitis

As a matter of fact, knowing the exact type of toilet infection you are experie-ncing 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.

Do you know that untreated toilet infections (vaginal infection) can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), a major culprit responsible for infertility in women? 

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 intercourseDischarge may be thin with white or gray colourItching around the vaginaBurning during urinationSome women may not have any symptoms

Vaginal Yeast Infection

Vaginal discharge is thick, whitish-gray (cottage cheese) in colourYou may not always have vaginal discharge and it can be itchy when it comesPainful urination and painful intercourseIntense itching around the vagina


Frothy vaginal discharge with yellow- green or gray colourBurning during urinationItching or irritation of the vaginaFoul smellDiscomfort during intercourseSymptoms 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;

PregnancyUse of Intrauterine device (IUD)Frequent douchingHaving more than one sexual partner or a new sexual partnerSmoking

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

Types of toilet infections, It's symptoms and prevention:

As a the name implies, toilet diseases (infections) are diseases that are contracted through the toilet. This doesn't mean that you can catch a diseases by using just any toilet, no, only messy and dirty looking toilets are likely to attract disease - causing bacteria and viruses. Bit is also important to not confuse toilet diseases with STI. STIs are transmitted through sexual intercourse, while toilet infections come through the use of dirty toilet(s).

The bacteria and viruses that cause toilet diseases cannot survive outside the human body , so there is no way they can be the same. A lot of people seem to confuse the two, but they are very different.

So now that we have a brief understanding of what toilet diseases are, let us proceed of types. There are numerous types of diseases which can be contracted through a dirty (germ - infested) toilet, but these are the common ones.

�ESCHERICHIA COLI (ECOL): Ecoli is about the most common toilet diseases around today, hence it's coming ahead of the others. It is an intestinal infections (meaning that it is found in the intestine), and it is mostly contracted via the toilet seat. An infected person is likely to experience nausea, diarrhoea, and abdominal discomfort (pain).

�STAPHYLOCOCCUS: Like the Ecoil, staph is also contracted through contaminated surfaces like the toilet seat. It can stay alive for as much as two (2) months. Infected persons are likely to experience boils and cellulites (infected sores). Although, staph isn't life threatening initially, it can lead to a more serious illness like pneumonia if left untreated for long.

�NOROVIRUS: The norovirus is almost like the Ecoil, except, IG takes more than a wash to get rid of it. So don't even hive it an opportunity to build in your toilet. It is also found mostly around the toilet seat. Symptoms are sudden nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

�STREPTOCOCCUS: Once in a human, this bacterium is found in the throat, arranged in chains. It is also contracted mostly through the toilet seat and has the following symptoms: rashes on the skin, sore throat, swollen throat, fever, fatigue, stomach ache. Etc

�GARDNERELLA: Also known as bacterial vaginasis, this infection is found in women. It's major symptoms include vaginal discharge (with less itching).

�SHIGELLA BACTERIA: This kind of toilet diseases is contracted when contact is made between an infected surface (door knobs, handles, toilet seats etc) and a person. One can also be infected if they use contaminated water. Symptoms are diarrhoea, dysentery, abdominal pain etc.

�INFLUENZA (FLU): This infection is caused by a virus, influenza. It is a disease that attacks the throat and lungs, mostly, and is contracted through contaminated toilet surfaces. Symptoms are cold, fever, sore throat, etc.

1. Toilet diseases can be prevented by total cleanliness and carefulness.
2. Make sure you keep your toilet and every where around clean always.
3. Wash your toilet thoroughly with a brush and detergent or other cleaning agent as regularly as possible (everyday)
4. Wash your hands with soap, thoroughly after visit the toilet, as germs can be transferred from it to other areas of the house or your mouth even.
5. Always flush the toilet before sitting on it to avoid splashing contaminated liquid on yourself.
6. For women make sure you change your underwear regularly.
7. Vaginal lotions also help protect women from harmful toilet infections.
8. Clean up your vagina with tissue paper after urinating.
9. If you cannot avoid public toilets, drop some tissue paper in the toilet to prevent water from splashing on you when you use them.
10. Avoid sharing underwear and towels.
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