Candida albicans is normally a harmless living yeast organism found in nearly everyone. It grows on mucous membranes in the sinuses, throat, intestine, and vaginal areas. However, it has allergenic potential and can cause many symptoms in allergy patients. Allergy reactions to candida happen most often when:
- A person grows a large amount of it over a period of time
- A person develops sensitivity to candida
In the first example, a person can increase candida growth through repeated antibiotic use, a diet high in refined carbohydrates, and using high doses of steroids. Symptoms of large amounts of growth include:
- Recurrent yeast infections (vaginitis)
- White, coated tongue
- Excessive intestinal gas and bloating
- Increased cravings for sugar often accompany candida growth
Sensitivity symptoms include:
- Progressive fatigue
- Cognitive dysfunction (“brain fog”)
- Bowel distress
- Increased sensitivity to foods, chemicals, and molds
Skin and blood testing can identify if a candida allergy exists.
Treatment involves sublingual immunotherapy drops to reduce allergen sensitivity, accompanied by medication and changes in the diet to reduce candida in the system. Many patients find these treatments effective.
Did you know?
There are 80 species of candida, of which six are pathogenic, or known to cause infectious disease. Candida albicans is polyantigenic, meaning it has multiple antigens and has the potential to cause allergic disease. There are two cell wall antigens (mannan and glucan) and 77 cytoplasmic antigens. Each strain of candida has between 30-35 of these antigens.