Until 2 weeks ago I had never heard of yeast allergies. I know lots of people who are allergic to the Big 8: Dairy, Eggs, Fish, Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, and Soy, but I had never heard of a yeast allergy. I am one of those who are allergic to yeast. With my diagnosis I started to do some research on yeast allergies. I have really been blown away at how many of the symptoms I have and deal with on a daily basis and how they can be attributed to a yeast allergy.
Common Yeast Allergy Symptoms
Infections of the mouth, vagina, nose, and Respiratory System.
Urinary tract infections
Fungal infections of the nails and skin such as athletes’s foot
Abdominal disturbances: bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, and heartburn.
It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with a yeast allergy that I started to make the connection between the allergy and these symptoms.
Asthma–About a week before my allergy test I was eating a sub sandwich from a popular sub shop and afterwards I noticed that I was having trouble breathing. It was like I had been exercising and couldn’t catch my breath.
Sinusitis–For the past 3 months I have struggled with a sinus infection, lots of congestion, etc.
Menstrual Irregularities and Infertility–Over the past year I have begun having some menstrual irregularities, like going 3 months without a period. With an irregular period comes infertility, which I have been struggling with as well.
Joint Pain–There are some days I felt like I was 80 years old. Every bone and joint in my body hurt with every step that I took. I contributed this to Fibromyalgia. I have never been technically diagnosed with fibro but my mother has it and I had a lot of the same symptoms.
Chronic tiredness–Again I contributed this to Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which go hand in hand. There were days I would come home from work and could barely stay awake.
Abdominal Disturbances–After I would eat, even if I just ate a small amount I felt so “full” and miserable. I constantly felt bloated and had other digestive issues. Now I realize that was possibly due to the yeast allergy.
Eliminating Yeast from Your Diet
When you think of yeast you think of bread, right? I had NO idea that yeast was in so many different foods. Almost all processed foods include yeast or yeast extract. Cutting out the other food allergens has been fairly easy but cutting out yeast is hard! I find myself reading labels. At the grocery, before something goes in my cart, I’m looking at the label. Does it have yeast, yeast extract or other forms of yeast? If so, it stays on the shelf.
Today I’m baking a loaf of yeast free, dairy free, egg free bread. I’m hoping it’s edible!