How is Candida Diagnosed?
A candida overgrowth in your body can easily go overlooked. First, by the time you develop noticeable symptoms from a yeast infection, your body’s internal systems have been compromised for several days, weeks and in some cases, months. Secondly, Candida overgrowth very sneakily displays itself in symptoms that are related to a multitude of other health problems.
Because of both of those reasons, candida can lead to very serious health conditions. By the time it is noticed, or properly diagnosed, it has had a chance to do serious harm to your body in a number of ways. This is why it is so important that you diagnose a yeast infection early. How can you tell if you have candida, or some other condition? There are several candida testing processes to choose from.
The Spit Test
The spittle test should be employed immediately if you believe you have developed some type of yeast infection. It is extremely simple, you can perform it at home, and no medical professionals need to be involved. The candida spit test can tell you in an instant if there is the possibility you have developed a candida overgrowth. If you test positive, contact a physician and move on to the treatment phase.
The problem is that the spit test is very unreliable. Even so, you should perform this simple procedure at home if you believe you have experienced a candida outbreak. It only takes a few seconds, can be performed privately and discreetly, and is a good way to catch a yeast infection in its early stages.
Here is what you do.
As you can imagine from the name, you are going to observe your saliva. The first thing in the morning when you rise, spit into a glass full of clear, clean water, preferably at room temperature. You want to do this before you eat breakfast, drink your motivating “cuppa Joe”, or brush your teeth.
The idea is to get a picture of your saliva. Look at your saliva in the glass of water. Check every 20 minutes for the next hour for the following signs of candida.
* Legs or strings hanging down from your saliva.
* A collection of your spit at the bottom of the glass, with a heavy looking consistency.
* Specks and particles, cloudy and suspended somewhere in the middle of the water.
* Debris sinking to the bottom of the glass.
These could be signs that you have a candida overgrowth problem. However, further testing is required to support or refute this diagnosis.
Organic Acid Test
Problems with candida can be detected through an analysis of your urine. Specific waste products are created by the candida albicans fungus. The presence of these in your urine means there’s a good chance a candida overgrowth has occurred. You can perform this type of candida urine test at home, or consult your doctor.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis
Your stool can tell your doctor a lot about the level of health and well-being you enjoy. In some cases you can do this yourself at home, sending off stool samples to a testing company who will analyze them in the lab. In most cases, you will work with your doctor to provide him or her a stool sample which will then be checked.
This is a very reliable testing process, which identifies if you are deficient of any “good bacteria”, and if there are any inflammation markers or an overabundance of the candida albicans fungus, or other potentially problematic pathogenic microorganisms.
Candida Antibodies Test
Your immune system will attack a candida infestation one of three ways. Three different antibodies, IgG, IgA, and IgM, are produced to combat candida overgrowth and the yeast infections that result from that condition. A blood sample is taken, and though this is a quick and simple process, it is not quite as reliable as a stool analysis. However, this can provide a much more reliable diagnosis than the simple spit test.