"Do you have a yeast overgrowth?"
This is a test for yeast (candida) overgrowth. You can have yeast overgrowth in the vagina, which is more commonly known as thrush, but it is also possible to have yeast overgrowth in other parts of the body. Candida can also form in the intestines and mouth.
In the intestines, the yeast form of candida can become 'mycelial', in that it forms root-like growths that can penetrate the intestine walls, and cause the gut to 'leak'. Small pieces of undigested food then escape into the bloodstream. This condition is known as 'leaky gut syndrome', and it is the result of an overwhelming infestation of candida in the body, known as 'candidiasis'.
Persistent vaginal thrush can be one of the symptoms of candidiasis, but other symptoms can include food cravings, especially for sugar and bread, fatigue, a bloated stomach with excess flatulence, a 'spaced out' feeling, recurrent cystitis, headaches and becoming tipsy on a very small amount of alcohol. Both men and women can suffer from candidiasis.
Candidiasis can be caused by the use of antibiotics because they kill off healthy bacteria in the gut, allowing candida to overgrow. Other causes are the use of steroids for asthma and arthritis, for example, and also the Pill and HRT. People with a poor immune system such as those suffering from chronic fatigue can also be susceptible to a candida overgrowth as well as those with diabetes.
If you have a yeast overgrowth, it will cause an immune response and your body will produce higher levels of specific antibodies to candida. These antibodies can be detected in a finger prick blood sample, which can be organised by post. This sensitive test can not only detect a recent or current candida infection but also previous infections.
So if you would like to know if you have a yeast overgrowth, then you should send for this Candida Antibody Test.
Samples should be returned to the laboratory by Next Day Delivery, Monday- Thursday only. Samples received outside of the suggested postage dates may be discarded and the patient asked to repeat the test.
Please Note: This test is only available by post in the UK. Please allow 5-6 weeks to receive your results.