Finding the right candida test often present challenges to patients and health practitioners in getting an accurate candida diagnosis. Many of the candida tests that are commonly available do not always identify the overgrowth or its severity. In addition, people’s tolerance and response to the candida overgrowth may be different in terms of symptoms and the way they feel. For this reason, healthcare professionals usually rely on multiple factors to diagnose candida overgrowth, including the patient symptoms, medical history, physical examination, and laboratory tests. In many cases, the existence of multiple candida overgrowth symptoms along with risks factors are good indications to start the treatment for candida overgrowth.
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Candida Overgrowth Self Test
Are your symptoms related to candida overgrowth?
This candida home test was specifically developed to help you identify if your symptoms and medical history may be related to candida overgrowth. We start with the major ones, and continue with more detailed symptoms based on your individual findings.
Candida Test – Step 1/3 – Your Symptoms
Candida Test – Step 2/3 – Your Medical History
Candida Test – Step 3/3 – Check your Results
Candida Spit Test
The candida spit test is a candida saliva test that can be done at home by spitting into a glass of water and checking for specific visual signs in the saliva-water mix. This method of DIY (do it yourself) candida spit test has become quite popular, although most health experts strongly challenge the candida spit test accuracy and do not consider it as a valid test for candida overgrowth.
To perform the candida spit test:
- Test should be done first thing in the morning, before you drink, eat, spit, brush your teeth or put anything in your mouth
- Spit into a clear glass of water at room temperature
- For the next hour, look into the glass
- According to this test, if you see strings or legs coming down from the saliva, if your saliva sinks to the bottom of the glass or if there are clouds in the water, you may have candida overgrowth
The idea behind this test comes from the belief that healthy saliva should float on the top of the glass. In our practice we have found this candida test to be inconsistent and unreliable. We do not believe the candida spit test is a good indicator of candida overgrowth, regardless of the result (positive/negative) or how thick the saliva looks like in the glass.
There are a few things you may be able to learn from this test about your oral or digestion health though; If you have any of the signs shown above, this may indicate of food allergies, excess mucus production or dehydration. You can then look further into your diet, make some changes, redo the test and see if there are any improvements. It is important to clarify that these are not accurate or reliable indicators. At this time we are unaware of any science or reliable research that support this method of testing.
(We included the spit test for candida in this article due to the high number of questions we receive on this topic)
Candida Lab Tests
Lab tests for candida are considered more reliable tests for candida overgrowth and usually involve collecting samples from the affected areas such as skin, nails, mouth, vagina, as well as blood, urine, saliva or stool. The samples are further analyzed in the lab. Lab tests can be very useful if their results are positive as they may also reveal additional factors about the infection and your health; these details may be very helpful in order to tailor the right treatment for you. It is important to remember however, that negative lab results or low levels of candida don’t always mean you do not have candida overgrowth. In our practice we have seen many cases of conflicts between different lab tests done on the same patient at the same time: some tests came as negative while other as positive.
Common Problems with Candida Test Results
Missing Symptoms during Candida Test
Many systemic candida symptoms are very similar to other medical conditions. As a result, there are a lot of misses that can prevent identifying the root cause of the infection. Furthermore, candida symptoms can appear anywhere in the body: from digestion issues such as constipation, diarrhea, or bloating, to oral thrush, chronic fatigue, headache, brain fog, pain, fever, skin, nails fungal infections, jock itch, vaginal yeast infections, itching, burning and many others.
To make sure you are not missing any signs or symptoms you may have, see our yeast infections symptoms checker that covers the complete list of candida overgrowth symptoms broken down by each area of the body.
Negative Lab Test Results
Candida and yeast infection test results sometimes come as negative even when the patient actually has candida overgrowth. A common example is the candida antibodies test that checks the immune system response to candida. The idea behind the candida antibodies test is that the immune system fights candida and yeast infections by producing more candida antibodies, therefore high levels of candida antibodies may be present in cases of candida overgrowth.
The problem with this approach is that it depends on a person’s immune system function, so lower levels of candida antibodies do not always mean you do not have candida overgrowth.
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