This new candida blood test is used not only for finding out if you have candida but can also be used to give an indication of the stage of the Candida – a current or past infection.
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Candida is a yeast that is part of our digestive flora, however in some individuals the natural balance of the gut is disrupted leading to an overgrowth of candida which results in many symptoms ranging from fatigue, bloating, diarrhoea/constipation, muscle aches and headaches, to name but a few.
Common symptoms of Candida include
Toxic by-products released by yeast can set off a multitude of both subtle and overt symptoms. These range from headaches, fatigue, and inability to concentrate, to low sex drive, recurrent vaginitis, skin irritations, and even failing vision as well as the following
- Foggy head
- Mood swings
- Fungal infections
- Excess wind
- Aching joints, heavy muscles
- Recurrent thrush
- Decreased libido
- Bladder infections
- Menstrual complaints
- Chronic Stress
- Chronic sinus problems
Overgrowth of Candida albicans can be signified by a large number of skin problems. In fact, some experts estimate that 15% of patients with Candida overgrowth have some type of skin problem e.g.
- Dry skin
- Rashes on various parts of the body
- Atopic dermatitis
Factors that can trigger Candida overgrowth include
- Use of antibiotics,
- Use of oral contraceptives
- Use of steroid medication
- High sugar diets
- High starch diets
- Chlorinated water
What is being measured in the candida test
Blood levels of IgA, IgG & IgM antibodies are reported.
Finger prick blood test.
Before Taking the Candida Test
Avoid immuno-suppressive medications for at least one week
Chemotherapy may interfere with test results
The probiotic yeast saccharomyces Boulardii may influence the test results so should be stopped before testing.
See instructions inside test kit for details
Turnaround time for the Candida Test