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.
Many times it is not yeast at all but bad bacteria over growth and quite often parasites. The best way to treat these problems by the most effective means is different than treating yeast infections.
This is also very helpful because certain species of yeast respond to certain prescription drugs and natural compounds 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 and possibly diet.
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 taken 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.
IgG antibodies will show 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.
Invasive Candida Test
According to the CDC, invasive candidiasis testing is done by taking a blood sample that is sent to a lab to see if it will grow candida in a culture. You will need a doctor to get this done.
Intestinal Candida Tests
The preferred candida test is a stool test along with the blood antibody test that can be ordered through the above links 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 GI Effects Microbial
Ecology Stool Profile that uses dna analysis and 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.
The Doctors Data test will also run a susceptibility profile on any yeast or bacterial pathogens they detect. The susceptibility test will determine what natural compounds and which drugs will kill that specific species of yeast or bad bacteria.
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.
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.
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, and have had medically diagnosed yeast problems before, such as vaginal yeast infections, it's pretty close.
However, taken by itself this test it is completely unreliable. Many times this test is showing that you simply have to much mucous in your body, which is often caused by inflammation or the consumption of mucous producing foods like dairy. This is not an ideal situation either and should be addressed.Candida Questionnaire
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 a contributor to candida and 96% of irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis cases.
Food Allergy Blood Test
I've added this link to a selection of Food Allergy tests 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 many of the 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.
If you have any questions about any of these candida tests, or would like my interpretation of your results, please feel free to send me an email through the contact page of this website.
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