Who doesn’t love a good soak to wash away a long day?
But if you’re a bath enthusiast and want to make it a bit more Christmassy, please don’t get too experimental.
That’s according to a gynaecologist who came across a video on TikTok showing a woman preparing a ‘relaxing Christmas bath’.
Dr Kiarra King, an obstetrician-gynaecologist, reacted to the clip of the woman pouring in ingredients typically found in mulled wine into the tub – yes, even the cinnamon sticks.
The woman pours in what looks like red wine (but could also be cranberry juice), orange slices, sugared cranberries, a bath bomb and cinnamon sticks.
As festive as it may have looked, Dr King warned against trying it at home.
She wrote on the video: ‘Christmas candidiasis is on the way with this concoction. Vulvovaginal candidiasis equals yeast infection.’
You might also know this as thrush.
Dr King explains that ‘trying this at home may bring you 12 days of vulvar symptoms including itching, burning, swelling, abnormal discharge and painful urination.’
According to the NHS, thrush is not classed as a sexually transmitted infection (STI), but it can be triggered by sex.
Symptoms of thrush
Thrush symptoms in women
Symptoms of thrush in women include:
- white vaginal discharge (often like cottage cheese), which does not usually smell
- itching and irritation around the vulva and vagina
- soreness and stinging during sex or when you pee
Thrush symptoms in men
Symptoms of thrush in men include:
- irritation, burning and redness around the head of the penis and under the foreskin
- a white discharge (like cottage cheese)
- an unpleasant smell
- difficulty pulling back the foreskin
Thrush is caused by a fungus called candida that is normally harmless, and tends to thrive in warm, moist conditions, developing if the balance of bacteria changes.
Sugar is one of the main culprits of these upsets, whether that’s from flavoured condoms or taking a dip in a festive cocktail, as it feeds the yeast and causes overgrowth.
Dr King adds that trying a mulled wine bath will bring a ‘not so happy New Year,’ urging her followers: ‘Don’t try everything you see on the internet.’
We agree with her on that one.
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