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Although they can be very appetizing, some people cannot eat foods which contain yeast. Common yeast-containing foods include rolls, bagels, bread, beer, wine and some fruits such as grapes. For some people, the consumption of a yeast-filled food will initiate an allergic reaction. In this event, the person can be said to have a yeast allergy, which can cause various unsettling symptoms. Although these symptoms will vary in every person, some of the most common yeast allergy symptoms include digestive problems, skin rashes, nasal congestion and itching or watery eyes.
Digestive problems are common symptoms of a yeast allergy. The consumption of a food containing yeast may cause a number of gastrointestinal disruptions. Some people may have diarrhea, while others may have the exact opposite problem and be inflicted with constipation. In either of these events, the individual will likely have abdominal pain which may be accompanied by abdominal cramping. Other digestive problems caused by a yeast allergy may include abdominal distension or bloating, nausea and vomiting.
Skin rashes may also be yeast allergy symptoms. Usually, a rash is one of the first symptoms of any type of allergic reaction. An individual with a skin rash may develop small red raised bumps on the skin. Additionally, as part of the reaction, a person can develop a skin irritation which may cause large, welt-like makings on the skin, as is the case with hives. Over-the-counter medications may be given for a skin rash, such as an antihistamines, however, some cases may call for medical intervention to treat the reaction.
Additional yeast allergy symptoms can include nasal congestion, a running nose, watery eyes and itchy eyes. Some people may have a combination of many of these symptoms. For instance, individuals may experience both nasal congestion and a running nose at different intervals during an allergic reaction. In most cases, itchy eyes will lead to watery eyes, therefore, these symptoms may be combined as well. Often, if they are allergic, individuals will also experience a headache after eating yeast-containing foods.
The number of yeast allergy symptoms a person may experience can be numerous. With each yeast allergy reaction, a person can experience different symptoms. Sneezing, coughing, and becoming fatigued can be added symptoms. Some reactions may include a sore throat and, in severe cases, the throat may feel tight as if its trying to close. If a person experiences this symptom, becomes extremely weak or faints, medical attention should be sought immediately, as it may be a life-threatening situation.
If you have a yeast allergy, and suffer from bad symptoms, you may have to avoid eating products made with yeast all together. This can be a daunting task, as many products have yeast in them.
Does anyone have any great recipes you can share for those who can't ingest yeast?
One of my favorite snacks is to take chickpeas and bake them at 350 degrees for an hour until golden brown. All you need to do is sprinkle them with a bit of olive oil to prevent them from burning and sticking to the pan. You can add any spice you like to taste. It is light and crispy, and yeast free.
If you drink beer and feel tired after one, have an upset stomach and headache, it could be more than just intolerance to alcohol.
Using yeast in the brewing process helps to create the beer you love, so if you are sensitive to yeast, you may have to find another way to wet your whistle.
A doctor can refer you to an allergy specialist who can run some tests that will let you know if you have to give up your favorite beverage or not.
Don't try to let this allergy run its course because often allergies worsen over time and do not get better.