The problem with Candida Albicans is that until recently it had not really been researched and some medical professionals have still not yet recognised it. As a consquesnce this unfortuantly means that many people get misdisgnosed when they visit their doctors. Candida has many different symptoms that are quite general in nature and are also attributed to other conditions.
It is reassuring to know that increasing numbers of doctors are now diagnosing Candidiasis. If your doctor is unwilling to investigate whether you have a Candida overgrowth don’t be afraid to seek an alternative opinion.
Here are some simple tests that you can do to start determining whether or not you have Candidiasis.
The Candida Questionnaire is a ‘first step’ tool that should be used to help you think about the symptoms that you are suffering. Seek professional medical advise if you believe that your results highlight a possible Candida overgrowth.
You can take the Candida Questionnaire.
This is a quick and easy test that you can do at home to help determine if you have Candida
1. When you wake up in the morning, before to you eat or clean you teeth fill and glass with bottled water.
2. Gently spit some saliva into the water and leave it.
3. Return and check the water every 20 minutes for the next hour. The presence of Candida will leave some tell-tale signs:
– ‘Strings’ of saliva suspended in the water
– Cloudy saliva collecting on the bottom of the glass
– Opaque specks of saliva suspended in the water
Go and see your doctor and request a Candida test if any of these signs are present!
These are the types of test that can be prescribed by your doctor.
An Anti-Candida Antibodies test. There are 3 antibodies that should be tested to measure your immune system’s response to Candida – IgG, IgA, and IgM. High levels of these antibodies indicate that an overgrowth of Candida is present.
Your stool is directly analyzed for levels of yeast, pathogenic bacteria and friendly bacteria.
Urine Tartaric Acid Test
This test detects tartaric acid – a waste product of Candida yeast overgrowth. An elevated test means an overgrowth of Candida.