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 two criteria are fulfilled:
- A person grows a large amount of Candida 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 Candida growth include recurrent yeast vaginitis, a white, coated tongue, and excessive intestinal gas and bloating. Increased cravings for sugar often accompany Candida growth.
Evidence of increased Candida sensitivity include symptoms that can include progressive fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (“brain fog”), aching, bowel distress, and increased sensitivity to foods, chemicals, and mold.
Skin and blood testing can identify if a Candida allergy exists.
Treatment for Candida allergy 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 these treatments are effective.