I strongly recommend you do one of these candida tests because candida yeast infections are one of the most over self-diagnosed conditions there is. Many people in a search for what is wrong with them will attribute all their symptoms to candida yeast. The symptoms of true candida yeast infection can cover such a wide range of symptoms it will seem to fit their situation so the misdiagnosis is completely understandable.
This is also very helpful because certain species of yeast respond to certain prescription drugs better than others.
Candida glabrata for instance is another candida species that infects men and women in 25 to 35% of cases and is resistant to the drug Diflucan. Glabrata responds well to topical flucytosine, topical boric acid or one of the Enchinocandins.
Other species can also cause vaginal yeast infections and each responds better to certain drugs and is resistant to others. Candida testing can sort this out for you so you will be prescribed the right prescription drug the first time and not create a drug resistant monster.
Note: I must add that if you treat your yeast infection by prescription means, you are still going to have to restore the body to health to prevent any reinfection with probiotics.
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Your doctor or ob-gyn can perform this very common candida test. During a full blown vaginal yeast infection they can take a culture to determine the species.
This also can be done with skin infections but care must be take to not cut the skin and allow the yeast to get into the blood stream. If the yeast does get into the blood stream, depending upon the species, it can result in death.
Candida Antibody Blood Test
This test requires a small blood sample so they can check for any
candida yeast infection by measuring antibodies to the candida. The most accurate blood test is to have them measure all three antibodies, that way you have an idea where it is.
IgM antibodies will tell you if you have an infection right now or not.
An IgG antibody test reflects a past or ongoing infection.
An IgA antibody test will reflect a more superficial infection or an infection that is on the outside surface of the mucosal linings of the body.
Organic Acids Candida Test
This all-inclusive test is an ok candida test that also checks 40 other metabolic functions of cellular physiology. This test also measures compromised energy production, neurotransmitter metabolism, sometimes vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and intestinal dysbiosis. Intestinal dysbiosis measures the byproducts of bacterial and yeast metabolism that are excreted in urine. High tartaric readings indicate an overgrowth of yeast in the body. It also measures amino acid needs relative to your health status, genetic tendencies, aging and oxidative status.
Clinically these markers offer valuable information into possible causative factors of dysfunctional cellular physiology; affecting one’s physical and mental performance and overall health status. This test is invaluable for putting ones cellular health back together and getting to the root cause of your candida yeast infection so you get it under control for life.
However, the Organic Acids candida test would not be my first choice because it does not check for yeast itself, it only checks for its waste products and can be inconclusive.
Intestinal Candida Tests
The preferred candida test is a stool test along with the blood antibody test that can be ordered through a doctor to check for good bacteria and yeast. Many times people are missing entire species of bacteria and this is the root of their problems. Other times levels are very low and this is also an issue. Low or non-existent bacteria are a major cause of chronic yeast infections.
However, candida glabrata can live right along side good bacteria because it does not attach to the intestinal wall. Candida albicans does attach and good bacteria crowds it out so it is important to know these levels if your not having any success getting rid of it. Stool tests in some instances can detect the species as well.
Genova Diagnostics does a stool test called a Comprehensive
Digestive Stool Analysis that checks for yeasts, good and bad bacteria
and other factors related to digestion. Doctors Data does one called a
Comprehensive Stool Analysis that also checks for parasites and uses three samples so it is very accurate. Metametrix Labs does a Microbial
Ecology Profile that will yield similar results although it is not as complete as the GI Effects® test.
If you get one of these candida tests done and yeasts are detected, make sure they then run a susceptibility profile on the yeast. A susceptibility test will determine what natural compounds and which drugs will kill that specific species of yeast.
If the stool test detects no yeast but an overgrowth of bad bacteria, please see the the harmful bacteria
page so you know how to treat it.
The candida yeast questionnaire is simply a series of questions about your health history and symptoms that produces a score at the end. A score above 150 will pretty much confirm dysbiosis, which is behind all of the candida and 96% of irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis cases.
The Candida Spit Test
All you do is spit into a glass of water before you get out of bed in the morning. Just roll over and spit into a glass that you placed by the bed the night before. If the spit turns spider webby and you scored high on the questionnaire, then you more than likely have an overgrowth of yeast. If after 15 minutes there is brown sediment in the bottom of the glass, you probably have parasites.
Now the questionnaire and spit test are not 100% accurate, but I have found that when the spit test is really really spider webby and you score over 200 on the questionnaire, it's pretty close.
Food Allergy Blood Test
I've added the Food Allergy test because sometimes this is the problem and not yeast. True food allergies are defined when the body produces antibodies to certain foods that the individual is allergic too. These allergies can be mistaken for colds or even give you a cold over time as the immune system becomes worn down from the constant battle of trying to remove these toxic substances from your body. Other symptoms can include fatigue, headache, anxiety, as well as itchy runny nose, puffy eyelids and the allergies that caused them may go unrecognized for years.
Food allergies can lead to arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune disease, eczema and migraines in certain individuals. These chronic illnesses take years to develop but the result is always the same.
These tests usually screen for 100's of different foods that are typical of the standard American diet. There are also vegetarian tests and both tests can be ordered with Environmental Pollutants added as well.
If you find you're allergic to a wide range of foods you probably have leaky gut syndrome and will need to address it.
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