What happened to yeast infections before antibiotics were invented?

August 26th, 2013 by Emily

Question: What happened to yeast infections before antibiotics were invented?
What would happen to a yeast infection if it were left untreated by antibiotics? How did women deal with it before antibiotics were invented?

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Answer by leshara68
Candida infection (yeast infection) was quite rare before the 1940’s, when use of antibiotics became common practice. Antibiotics do not discriminate between good bacteria and bad, and often kill off all bacterial flora, leaving the way clear for opportunistic pathogens like Candida. The article Candida and the Antibiotic Syndrome (http://www.health-science-spirit.com/candida.html) says that “in the 1940’s Candida was found in only three per cent of autopsies, now the figure is nearer thirty per cent. There are, of course, other factors that can cause dysbiosis – the contraceptive pill, steroids and other drugs, irradiation treatment and chemotherapy – but the main culprits are, without doubt, antibiotics.”

Some people did have yeast infections prior to the 1940’s, and people would have treated it with solutions of accessible chemicals and herbs. Epsom salts, boric acid, hydrogen peroxide and iodine were used as washes. As were infusions of black walnut, tea tree, garlic, chamomile, pau d’arco, sage, pine, rosemary, cinnamon, lavender, licorice and calendula. Most of these herbs have been used in wound care for hundreds of years because of their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. People also used (as still use) yoghurt, both internally and externally to restore the good bacteria to the body.

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