Candida Test - Does It Really Work?
If you’re suffering from yeast overgrowth and resulting infections and health complications you may want to consider testing.
You have several different options. Each option comes with its own pros and cons.
The saliva test is one you can do at home. With this test you basically spit in a glass of clear water. After a few minutes of waiting you look at the spit and analyze it for results. There is a lot of controversy about this spit test.
Some believe it works and is quite effective at assessing Candida in your body. Others believe it is bunk.
The truth is that this is a test that can be interpreted to give you a variety of results. People can read the spit strands incorrectly and get an incorrect result. Your spit can be contaminated.
In fact, the directions do tell you not to eat, drink or brush your teeth before the test. You’re not even supposed to kiss anyone. Finally, it is possible to take the test on two different days and get two different results. There are a number of factors that affect your saliva.
You can also visit your doctor and have your blood tested for Candida. It’s actually a series of tests called the Candida Immune Complexes looks at your body’s immune response to Candida in your blood stream.
There are three tests:
* Candida Antibody, IgG* Candida Antibody, IgA* Candida Antibody, IgM
Not all doctors can or will perform the test. Look for a holistic physician or an alternative health care provider if you cannot find a physician in your community who can test you for Candida overgrowth.
Special Order Candida Test
You can also order an online Candida test kit. Generally, these types of tests will analyze a stool sample. Again, they’re looking for Candida in your body and specifically in your gut. You’ll order the test – they can cost several hundred dollars.
Once you receive the test kit you’ll follow the instructions. Then, you’re instructed to send the test to an independent lab in your area. There will also be a fee for this.
If you suspect you’re dealing with Candida overgrowth consider starting with the Candida spit test. The test is free and is generally considered by most Candida experts to be reliable.
If you are uncertain of the results you might consider moving onto a Candida Immune Complex test with a local physician. This may be covered by your insurance. Ultimately, if Candida testing isn’t an option for you but you suspect you have Candida overgrowth trust your intuition.