Candida (yeast) sensitivity or allergy in the vulva or vagina
You can have an allergic vaginitis reaction to Candida albicans. that results in an itchy, raw, burning vulva and vagina. Test results may be negative for yeast, and while itching and burning may appear as a regular yeast infection, very little yeast may appear on swabs.
Over the counter vaginal fungal preparations may offer some relief, and symptoms may appear with other seasonal allergies. This type of issue may be unresponsive to treatment.
Treating a yeast allergy with allergen immunotherapy
A small number of studies show that allergen immunotherapy (regular injections) can help in women affected by vulvovaginal yeast allergy. A positive skin test can be the most helpful in diagnosing a true allergy to Candida.
One study found that out of 33 women who tested positive to a yeast allergy, 22 had an improvement in symptoms, with complete cure in nine patients, and others with partial responses whereby the frequency of allergic reactions was reduced.
Eleven patients showed no improvement and one got worse. This treatment was evident between two months and one year after the beginning of treatments, with episodes and intensity of vulvovaginitis reducing. Most of the patients had other allergies too, like hayfever or eczema.
Getting the yeast infection diagnosis right
Yeast infections come in two forms. The most common form of yeast infection looks white, which is what causes the lumpy white discharge of vulvovaginal candidiasis. It can also occur in the mouth, oesophagus and intestines.
The red sort of yeast is not an actively growing form of yeast, but the yeast has invaded underlying tissue and penetrated epithelial cells. This causes constant irritation to tissues, resulting in inflammation, redness and burning. This type of yeast can be the cause of vulvodynia or vulvar vestibulitis, which is a very painful vulva condition.
If the vagina and vulva is red, the yeast infection should be considered the deeper form.
Diagnosing candidiasis hypersensitivity syndrome
Candida allergy can make someone more susceptible to yeast infections. A test should be performed for Candida allergy by your doctor, and is simple to perform in the right clinic.
Treatment for Candida allergy
Candida allergy requires removal of the yeast and the causes of yeast infections. Typically this will involve diet modifications (reduce carbs, sugars), while undergoing a systemic and vaginal antifungal treatment.
Then, undergoing allergen immunotherapy may be an option. Removing triggers of yeast infections due to lifestyle factors needs to be considered very seriously, since many elements are known to cause yeast infections, such as hormonal contraceptives like the pill. Add high-dose high-quality probiotics into the diet (take with food), to get a healthy balance of bacteria to combat yeasts.
You may wish to consult a naturopath to undergo parts of this program without allergen immunotherapy or strong drug antifungals.