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Help I Am Allergic To Yeast

Aug 17, 2007
If you are allergic to yeast then you suffer from Allergies Type 1, also called Contact Allergies. This is a hypersensitivity to a protein found in yeast that the immune system overacts to producing an allergic reaction. Antibodies and histamines are releases into the blood stream in an attempt to neutralize the yeast protein. These chemicals trigger the allergic symptoms.

Most food allergy reactions usually happen within a few minutes to a few hours after eating or inhaling yeast. Most mild to moderate reactions last less than a day and can involve a rash on the skin, cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, runny nose, watery eyes, wheezing and coughing.

William G Cook M.D. 1983 published a book called The Yeast Connection. He claimed that the use of antibiotics to kill germs in the human body also killed friendly germs needed by the body to maintain a healthy balance. Yeast produces toxins that weaken the immune system. Diets rich in carbohydrates and yeasts, birth control pills, cortisone, and other drugs can stimulate yeast growth.
He believes that to correct the problem, he prescribed allergenic extracts, anti-fungal drugs, vitamins and mineral supplements, and diets that avoid refined carbohydrates, processed foods, and fruits and milk.

The allergic to yeast testing involves putting a liquid extract of the yeast protein on your body, usually the back or forearm, and then scratching the skin slightly. If you develop hives, or red bumps, or the skin turns reddish in color and itches then these symptoms could indicate a positive result for allergies to yeast.

Another test that can be performed is called The Food Challenge. You are told to avoid all yeast-containing foods for several weeks. Avoidance can be very difficult because yeast protein is often hidden in other foods.

The doctor will then have you eat only yeast under close supervision. If symptoms appear after eating the yeast products they you are allergic to yeast and will need to avoid anything that has on the label, contains yeast ingredients, made using yeast ingredients, or made in a facility that also processes yeast.

If you are allergic to yeast then absolutely avoid eating bread and other baked goods, drinking ale, beer, red or white wine, sherry, and vermouth. All alcoholic beverages will contain yeast to some extent. Whiskeys are distilled from beers; scotch, bourbon, rye, cognacs and brandies are distilled from wines.

All alcoholic beverages use yeast, as catalysts for fermentation so will contain some amount in the final products. Rum, gin, and vodka are type of liquor that is not derived from high-yeast so have the lowest yeast content.

Always consult your doctor before using this information.

This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.
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