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    Candida albicans is a form of yeast present in the human body. The immune system and other bacteria generally keep the growth of yeast under check. However, a few things can trigger overgrowth and potentially lead to chronic Candida Albicans sensitivity. The increased sensitivity is commonly known as a yeast allergy.

    An Allergy test for Candida Albicans can help determine if an individual is severely allergic to it. It is a blood test that looks for the IgE specific to Candida Albicans in the individual’s blood. Candida-specific IgE antibodies are usually found in asthma and rhinitis patients.

    The test is recommended by healthcare providers when they notice symptoms of hypersensitivities in an individual. This can include:

    • abdominal swelling
    • itchy rashes
    • breathing difficulties
    • congestion
    • dizziness
    • joint pain
    • gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhoea, bloating, gas, and stomach discomfort
    • anaphylaxis, in rare cases.

    Antihistamines are commonly used to help people who experience minor allergic responses, such as rashes due to yeast. However, in cases involving anaphylactic reactions, immediate medical attention is necessary. Anaphylaxis can be fatal if not treated with an epinephrine injector.

    Avoiding foods containing yeast is the most effective treatment for a yeast allergy. Such foods include:

    • Baked goods
    • Table spreads like marmite and vegemite
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Certain cheeses
    • Premade stocks
    • Foods with vinegar
    • Aged meats
    • Buttermilk, yoghurt
    • Fermented foods
    • Mushrooms
    • Tofu

    Any food that has been opened or stored for a long time can also cause one to experience symptoms of yeast allergy.

    When a person who is allergic to yeast consumes it, he or she may experience a variety of symptoms and issues, including trouble concentrating, mental disorders, ear infections, and much more. People with asthma may also experience allergic bronchopulmonary mycosis (ABPM) and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). These complications occur when Candida albicans populate the asthmatics' bronchial tracts, leading to severe asthma symptoms and limited lung function.

    Experts say that diabetes mellitus or a compromised immune system may be associated with an increased risk for yeast allergy. It is caused by an inflammatory and allergic reaction to mold. The symptoms might include coughing, breathlessness, fever, weakness or malaise, and a cough that produces brown flecks or crimson mucus. So, getting an allergy test for Candida Albicans is important if you notice symptoms that might be related to yeast consumption.

    Apollo 24|7 offers such a blood test for Candida Albicans.

    Medically reviewed by Dr. Saibal Moitra, Allergist and clinical immunologist, Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals, Kolkata.

    faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Frequently asked questions

    Candida albicans may thrive in dirt and organic debris. However, it is most commonly found on the skin, in the mouth, the digestive system, the vagina, and other damp, warm, and dark parts of the body.
    There is no cure for a yeast allergy. Like most other allergies, it may persist for an entire lifetime. However, one can take antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids or decongestants to reduce its symptoms.
    Anyone with a yeast allergy should avoid any foods that have yeast in them. This includes: Baked products such as cakes, and bread Certain spreads like vegemite and marmite Alcoholic beverages Cheese made with a mould
    The allergy test for Candida Albicans determines the level of immunoglobin E (IgE) antibodies in the blood. An allergy is most typically indicated by a high level of IgE specific to an allergen source; in this case— Candida Albicans.
    Gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhoea, gas, bloating, and stomach discomfort are all possible symptoms of a yeast allergy. Some people have a rash or other forms of skin irritation. Individuals with yeast allergy may also be at risk of having a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis.

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    The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results

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