Yeast Sensitivity and Allergy Symptoms

Another condition that relates to the fungus yeast is a yeast allergy or yeast sensitivity. This condition is different from yeast infections or candidiasis, but yeast sensitivity symptoms can overlap a bit.

Some websites lump yeast sensitivity and Candida into the same category, but they are different. A person can have yeast sensitivity, but not suffer from chronic yeast infections or systemic Candidiasis.

A person with chronic Candida who has eliminated Candida albicans yeast can eat products made with Saccharomyces yeast (baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast) and not be effected by that harmless species.

The good news is that just as Candidiasis can be eliminated with a Candida diet so can yeast sensitivity or allergy.

What is a Yeast Allergy?

A yeast allergy is the result of a person’s immune system identifying all yeast as a pathogen including harmless Saccharomyces yeast. This creates an immune response in the body causing inflammation and the release of histamine.

There can be different levels of yeast sensitivity with some people just having mild reactions to yeast products while others having severe allergic symptoms. People allergic to yeast must avoid any product containing yeast or made using yeast. Since yeast is in so many products and because of the lack of awareness of this condition, this problem can go undiagnosed for years.

Yeast Sensitivity Symptoms

If you have allergies or hay fever of any kind then you probably know how allergic reactions make you feel. Yeast sensitivity isn’t much different, but will also manifest itself with digestive problems.

Mild Allergic Reactions

  • Fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Cramps
  • Excess mucus in throat when eating yeast products
  • Itching

Severe Allergic Reactions

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Swelling of the mouth and throat
  • Hives
  • Malnutrition
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Severe Cramping

See Also

My review of Yeast Infection No More which is an effective Candida cleansing diet that not only addresses candidiasis, but also yeast allergies and sensitivity.

Yeast Sensitivity or Candidiasis?

How does one know whether they have Candidiasis or yeast sensitivity (allergy)? One tell tale sign would be the frequency of yeast infections or thrush.  If you rarely get yeast infections, but feel fatigued and have digestive issues after eating lots of bread or other yeast products then you probably have a yeast allergy.

You can be tested for yeast allergies by a food allergy specialist and this will show how your immune system reacts to yeast. The good news is that yeast allergies and yeast sensitivity symptoms can be treated with a yeast eliminating diet. Most Candida diets are developed to eliminate all yeast and yeast products from the diet so they are effective in helping both those with yeast sensitivity/allergy and those with chronic systemic Candidiasis.

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7 comments on “Yeast Sensitivity and Allergy Symptoms
  1. lynnette says:

    I have thought for quite some time that I may have Candida overgrowth due to many digestive troubles. I recently tested positive for bakers yeast allergy, but not Candida allergy. So does that mean I could still have yeast overgrown/candidiasis? Or does it mean I do not? Also, with a Baker’s yeast allergy, should I stay away from Nutritional Yeast? I am a vegan and use it often.

  2. T. Kallmyer says:

    Hi Lynnette, My understanding is that if you are sensitive or allergic to yeast, all types could potentially cause a reaction because they are similar in structure, especially brewer’s yeast which is really similar to baker’s yeast. People not allergic to Candida yeast can still develop overgrowth.

  3. syakira says:

    Hi there. Im in a doubt between Im having an allergy to yeast & candida or candidiasis. I am diagnosed to have an allergy to yeast and candida. But the problem is Im having the itching skin which confuses me between allergy and candidiasis. Or is it the same thing?

  4. Mary says:

    I have the itchy skin too, Syakira, and I’ve wondered if it’s a yeast allergy or Candida. Either way, I guess I gotta get on this diet. I’ve also been wondering if you can have brown rice on it. We don’t use pasta, just for health reasons, but I do use brown rice a lot. We have three kids, 6, 4, 2 and I worry about them not having any starch or carbs. They burn a lot of energy!!

  5. admin says:

    Brown rice is fine in moderation. Just rinse it real good first.

  6. Jaimie Span says:

    Shots might seem like an unusual way to treat allergies, but they’re effective at decreasing sensitivity to triggers. The substances in the shots are chosen according to the allergens identified from a person’s medical history and by the allergist during the initial testing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversees the standards used in preparing the materials for allergy shots given in the United States.

  7. Roxanne says:

    Remember that when asking your allergist for a Candida sensitivity test or Candida allergy test, if they use the wrong Candida dilution you could get a false negative. That happened to me. If the dilution is too weak the allergy test will be negative even though you may have an allergy to Candida. So be sure to ask your allergist what the dilution is and if whether they know for sure that it is the right dilution. good luck.