Candida albicans is normally a harmless living yeast found in most people. It grows on mucous membranes in the sinuses, throat, intestine, and vaginal areas. It can have allergenic potential, causing many symptoms in allergy patients. Allergy reactions to candida happen most often when two criteria are met:
- A person grows a large amount of candida over a period of time
- A person develops sensitivity to candida
Increased candida growth typically occurs through repeated antibiotic use, consuming a diet high in refined carbohydrates, and using high doses of steroids.
Did you know?
There are 80 species of candida; six are known to cause infectious disease. Candida albicans has multiple antigens and therefore has the potential to cause allergies. There are two cell wall antigens (mannan and glucan) and 77 cytoplasmic antigens. Each strain of candida has between 30-35 of these antigens.
Symptoms of large amounts of candida growth include:
- Recurrent yeast infections (vaginitis)
- White, coated tongue
- Excessive intestinal gas and bloating
- Increased cravings for sugar
Evidence of increased candida sensitivity include symptoms that can include:
- Progressive fatigue
- Cognitive dysfunction (“brain fog”)
- Bowel problems
- Increased sensitivity to foods, chemicals, and mold
Skin and blood testing can identify if a candida allergy exists.
Many patients have found that treatment using allergy drops to reduce allergen sensitivity, as well as changes in diet, can effectively reduce candida in the system. In some cases, medications such as fluconazole are used to improve symptoms more quickly.