What Is Saccharomyces SP?

Saccharomyces sp is a fungus that is one of the many species of yeasts. The name comes from Greek, meaning sugar fungus. It is an important yeast when it comes to food production. It goes by names like brewer’s yeast and maker’s yeast. It is most often used in the production of bread, wine, and beer. Also, it is found in sugar-rich foods like maple sap, syrup, concentrated juices, and condiments.

History of Saccharomyces SP

It was first suggested to be present in beer in 1680. However, it was not specifically named until 1837. In 1878, Louis Pasteur demonstrated its involvement in living organisms. In 1883, Emil Hansen isolated the fungus and propagated the culture. This lead to its discovery as an important yeast in the production of beer.

Symptoms of Diseases Caused By Saccharomyces SP

Saccharomyces sp. has been found to be an opportunistic human pathogen. However, it has relatively low virulence, meaning humans are not at a high risk of becoming infected. Direct contact with this fungus rarely leads to an infection. When it does infect humans, it is found in the skin, mouth, and digestive tract.

Invasive infections are possible, albeit rarely. This is when the fungus enters the bloodstream in some way. This can become life-threatening. Over 30% of cases lead to death, even if treatment is conducted. People who have been weakened by cancer or other severe illnesses will also have a higher level of risk.

Common symptoms include:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Inflammation
  • Facial pain
  • Swelling

How You Can Treat Saccharomyces SP

To get proper treatment for Saccharomyces sp., you can follow the similar guidelines for treating other types of ingesting fungus.

One option you can talk to your doctor about involves taking antifungal medication. Additionally, you can receive multiple allergy shots over a few years. It is a very effective method that is helpful for some mold allergies.

Prevention

Preventing a Saccharomyces sp. fungal infection in the first place requires you to avoid eating old and moldy bread. Additionally, avoid inhaling yeast involved in the baking of bread or the making of beer.

Cure

Since fungal infections can spread throughout the body and compromise the immune system, a cure may involve taking antifungal drugs to ensure breathing and circulation are improved. Treating the underlying symptoms helps effectively curing yourself of a fungal infection brought on by Saccharomyces sp. This fungus is more infectious than others, making speed in treatment essential to be cured.

How Alliance Enviro-Tech Can Help

You will want to ensure that you are not placing yourself at risk of succumbing to this fungal infection. It is important to be aware of all potential ways Saccharomyces sp. can spread in your home or office.

Alliance Enviro-Tech can disinfect both residential and commercial spaces thoroughly. Our Path-Guard® system and Path-Away Anti-Pathogenic Aerosol Solution® can kill Saccharomyces sp, as well as other bacteria and viruses, in under five minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your place is a healthier space. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.