What is Candida?
Candida usually means Candida albicans, which is a type of yeast. It is a normal inhabitant of the human gut and is responsible for the breaking down of complex sugars. However, when it becomes the dominant organism in the gut, it can contribute to many problems. An overgrowth of Candida is also referred to as Candidiasis or Yeast Overgrowth.
What are the symptoms?
Candida overgrowth can cause a variety of symptoms including:
• Fatigue or low energy
• Abdominal bloating
• Abdominal pain
• Excess flatulence
• Muscle aches
• Bladder infections
• Fungal infections of nail or skin
• Dry, itchy skin
• White coating on tongue
• Joint swelling
• Mood swings
• Increased allergies
Candida is not the only condition to cause these symptoms but if you suffer from a number of the above then Candida may be the reason, or part of the reason you are suffering.
What causes Candida?
Factors which encourage Candida overgrowth include: antibiotics, oral contraceptives, steroid drugs, more than one pregnancy, smoking and sugar consumption.
Why test for Candida?
Because there are such wide range of symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth it isn’t always obvious that Candida is causing the problem. The only way to know is to take a test so you can ensure the symptoms are correctly treated.
How does the test work?
CNS offer a test for the antibody response to Candida by measuring the IgG and IgM antibody levels using the highly accurate ELISA technology.
Many other tests are limited as they can be influenced by small ‘normal’ amounts of Candida albicans, and a positive negative result may occur. Our test is an effective diagnostic and treatment monitoring tool as results will indicate past, ongoing or current infection.
If my levels of Candida are too high how can I reduce them to normal?
A qualified healthcare practitioner should be consulted for interpretation of any levels above of normal range. Your healthcare practitioner may provide dietary advice including anti-fungal therapy, and where possible they may advise the avoidance of antibiotics and steroid drugs.
Sample requirements and test turnaround.
A pin-prick blood sample is required. Results are available within 10 working days.
People with an overgrowth of Candida albicans are often predisposed to food intolerance. To help achieve lasting health, it is recommended any food intolerances are identified.