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
- Excess mucus in throat when eating yeast products
Severe Allergic Reactions
- Nausea and vomiting
- Swelling of the mouth and throat
- Severe diarrhea
- Severe Cramping
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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.