Our bodies contain a small amount of yeast in them. Usually, this yeast does not cause any problems within our body unless there is too much of it present. Once an overgrowth of the yeast occurs, it develops into a yeast infection.
Some people may think that a yeast infection and yeast allergy are the same thing however, they are two completely different problems. It may be difficult to differentiate between the two of them but if you take the time to pay attention to your symptoms, the difference between the two will be very noticeable.
The Yeast Allergy
A yeast allergy may exhibit many of the same symptoms of a yeast infection. One of the biggest signs of a yeast allergy is noticeable fatigue after consuming any food that contains yeast.
Each individual may exhibit other allergy related symptoms after eating such as abdominal swelling, dizziness, breathing difficulties, and joint pain. These symptoms can vary for each individual. If you have a yeast allergy there typically won’t be any type of rash that is associated with yeast infections on the skin of the body.
If you think that you are suffering from a yeast infection, the best thing to do is stop eating foods such as breads, pastries, mushrooms, potato chips, anything containing vinegar, peanuts, or beer. Stay away from these foods for a few days or even a week and pay close attention to your symptoms. If you notice that your symptoms have subsided, you may indeed have an allergy to yeast. You can also attempt to eat one of these foods to see if the symptoms come back.
You may need to see a doctor to get a definite diagnoses and if you are indeed allergic to yeast, you will have to change your diet and stay away from any type of food that contains yeast. There are diets created specifically for people suffering from yeast allergies, and although these diets are extremely low in carbohydrates, many people claim to feel much healthier on the diet.
The Yeast Infection
A yeast infection is caused by a chemical imbalance in the body. This imbalance causes the yeast to grow outside of a safe level which results in the presentation of various symptoms. A yeast infection is not something that only affects women as many people may believe, it can also affect men and children as well.
A variety of things can cause this imbalance within the body resulting in a yeast infection. Wearing tight fitting clothing or using scented products can cause an imbalance along with eating an unhealthy diet or having poor hygiene. Any of these things can cause a chemical imbalance resulting in the yeast in the body to grow out of control.
When a person is suffering from a yeast infection, they may experience numerous annoying and irritating symptoms. If the yeast infection develops in the genital area, some symptoms may include a burning sensation during urination, itching and irritation, along with pain during sexual intercourse. They may also develop a thick white discharge with the consistency of cottage cheese.
A yeast infection can occur in the mouth and this is called oral thrush. Anyone who smokes or wears dentures is more susceptible to developing oral thrush. Symptoms of oral thrush may include a thick white coating on the top of the tongue, a white patchy rash on the inside of the mouth especially the inside of the cheeks. Dry mouth may also occur along with difficulty swallowing.
Yeast infections can occur in other areas of the body as well including the arm pits and skin folds, along with the intestines. An intestinal yeast infection occurs when the yeast in the intestinal tract grows, causing a new set of problems. Symptoms of an intestinal yeast infection may include diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, depression, and other gastrointestinal problems.
These symptoms may be more noticeable after consuming foods that have yeast in them. If a yeast infection is not treated properly, the lining of the intestines may become thin allowing food particles and bacteria to leak into the body. The side effects of a yeast infection will not go away without treatment.
Now, What to do?
If you are suffering from a yeast infection, many treatment options are available including natural remedies, over the counter anti-fungal medications and prescription medications. These medications can treat the infection but may not treat the cause of the initial chemical imbalance.
It is important to know what the cause behind the yeast infection is so that it can be treated properly, otherwise the yeast infection will just keep coming back. If a yeast infection is left untreated, it can cause a variety of more severe problems such as infertility, difficulty eating or drinking, leaky gut syndrome, and even sepsis, which can be very dangerous.
This is why it is important to differentiate between a yeast infection and a yeast allergy. A yeast infection is the overgrowth of yeast within the body, while a yeast allergy is when your body is allergic to anything containing yeast resulting in uncomfortable symptoms.
A yeast allergy can be kept under control by simply controlling the foods that you consume. If your body is allergic to yeast, it’s common sense that not feeding your body yeast containing foods will keep the symptoms from occurring.
If you are in doubt, you can always talk to your doctor. Be sure to keep track of what symptoms you are experiencing and what you eat when the symptoms appear. These will be important for your doctor to diagnose you properly. A blood test may also be needed to obtain an accurate diagnoses. Once you have a definitely diagnoses you can then work on treating the problem whether it be an infection or an allergy.
A yeast infection exhibits many symptoms that will usually need medication to treat it. An allergy to yeast can be controlled simply by making a change in diet. It is important to know which you are suffering from so that the problem can be treated and you can begin feeling better again.