Food Intolerance testing UK are pleased to offer our consumers an IgG, IgM and IgA Candida or yeast intolerance test.
What is Candida ?
That’s a good question. Candida is a yeast, If you are run down for any reason it may become established and can take hold and make you feel unwell.
Candida is a yeast-like fungus which can affect or be shown on many parts of the human body. It is normally present on the skin and in mucous membranes areas such as the vagina, mouth, or rectum.
It can also be found in the human gut, where it is a normal inhabitant. But, when a person becomes dysbiotic, Candida can morph to become a pathogenic (injurious) invasive fungus and give rise to Candidiasis which is caused by over growth of Candida, predominantly Candida albicans.
What are the symptoms of Candida?
Candida overgrowth as it is known can cause a variety of symptoms including affecting the human body:
A list of the most common symptoms are as follows:
- Menstrual Disturbances and Infertility
- Skin irritations/rashes/acne
- Recurrent throat/ear infections
- Joint aches
- Feeling of being “hung over”
- Gastrointestinal disturbances – diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating after eating
- Psychological disturbances – depression, anxiety, irritability, mood swings
- Cognitive dysfunction – poor memory, lack of concentration
- Recurrent vaginitis
As you will be aware Candida is not the only condition which cause these symptoms but if you suffer from a number of the above then Candida may be the reason, or part of the reason.
What can cause Candida?
Some of the factors which encourage Candida overgrowth include antibiotics, oral contraceptives, steroid drugs, more than one pregnancy, smoking and sugar consumption.
Why should I test for Candida?
There are such wide range of conditions associated with Candida overgrowth that accurate diagnosis of Candidiasis cannot be made on the basis of symptoms alone. The only way to diagnose a Candida overgrowth is to carry out specific tests aimed at detecting the presence of the organism.
How does the Candida test work?
CNS offers a combined test for the detection of elevated levels of IgM and IgG antibodies to Candida. The test is an effective diagnostic and treatment monitoring tool as IgM results indicate an early stage infection and IgG results indicate an actively ongoing infection or the occurrence of a past 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.
How do I take my Sample for the Candida Test and when would I get my results?
A pin-prick blood sample is all that is required. The sample is taken from the finger, once your sample has arrived at the lab you should get your results 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.
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