Candida spit test
Also known as: candida saliva test, candidiasis spit test, spit test, yeast spit test, spittle 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 very popular, although most health experts strongly challenge the candida spit test accuracy and do not consider it as a valid test for candida overgrowth.
Related topics: Online candida questionnaire.
How to do candida spit test
To do the candida spit test or candida saliva test:
- Do the candida spit test 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.
- Look into the glass every 10-20 minutes for the following hour.
Candida spit test results: If you see any of the following signs, you got a positive candida spit test:
- Strings or legs coming down from the saliva.
- The saliva sinks to the bottom of the glass.
- Clouds form in the water.
According to the candida spit test, if any of these signs occur, you may have candida overgrowth.
Candida spit test accuracy
The candida spit test accuracy has always been highly controversial to say the least. Most health authorities do not consider the candida spit test even relevant to candida and strongly oppose to the idea of using it as a yeast infection test, candidiasis spit test, candida test or candida overgrowth test.
The idea behind candida spit test comes from the belief that healthy saliva should float on the top of the glass. In our practice we have found the candida spit test to be inconsistent and unreliable. We do not believe the candida spit test is a good test for candida overgrowth, regardless of the results or how thick the saliva looks like in the glass.
For these reasons, the candida spit test is well known as the candida spit test myth.
There are a few things you may be able to learn from the candida spit test 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.
Candida saliva test
Candida saliva test done in the lab however, can actually be beneficial to diagnose candida infection in the mouth (oral candidiasis, oral thrush). This saliva test for candida is completely different than the candida spit test and is backed up by science with published human studies (source). Saliva samples are collected, cultured for candida species and further analyzed in the lab.
Saliva testing is widely explored and studied by science. Oral fluid analysis can detect a large number of important factors that may be critical during the diagnosis or the actual treatment of many conditions (source). None of these saliva tests however, involve looking into how the saliva appear in the water…
How do medical professionals test for candida and yeast infection
Healthcare professionals usually rely on multiple factors to test for candida overgrowth and yeast infection issues. These tests include:
- Existing candida and yeast infection symptoms.
- Medical history of the patient.
- Physical examination.
- Laboratory tests such as candida stool test, saliva test (not the spit test!), blood test, urine test, candida antibodies test, skin test, vaginal discharge test, and others.
The existence of multiple candida overgrowth and yeast infection symptoms along with risks factors are usually good indications to start the treatment for candida overgrowth. Laboratory tests are not always enough to identify the candida overgrowth or its severity. One of the reasons for this is that it is normal to find candida in the body. People’s tolerance and response to the candida overgrowth may be completely different in terms of symptoms and the way they feel.
To see if your current symptoms and medical history may be related to candida overgrowth, see our candida questionnaire: candida test online.