Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the benefits of the Candida test?
Semi-quantitative analysis of IgG, IgM, IgA and Candida antigens through ELISA procedure.
Only a few drops of blood required
Analysis completed in the U.S.
Comprehensive supporting information in client information sheets
2. How do I go about the Candida Screening?
There are two ways for completing the test.
First, you can make an appointment to complete the blood collection process in our office.
You can purchase the test kit from us, collect the blood sample at home, and return it back to our office.
|Mon. - Sat.
||10am - 7pm
|Sun. & Public Holidays Closed
We will send your sample direct to the US lab for testing. You will receive the results within 10 - 20 days.
3. How much blood is needed for the Candida screening?
Only a few drops of blood are required.
4. How can you ensure the blood collected in the strips will not be contaminated during transit?
First of all, dry blood provides no medium for bacteria to attack. Therefore, it is essential that you follow the instruction and allow the blood to dry for at least 45 minutes in room temperature. In addition, our blood collection strips use a proprietary collection methodology that's proven to provide stable test results for the blood sample for at least 3 weeks. Our comparison study between blood sample collected on the strips and those stored in serum showed no discrepancy in results. So, the strips are as effective as blood collection serums.
5. Could we know more about the specificity and accuracy of the Candida test?
Our Candida test utilizes the state of the art ELISA Procedures and it is a stringent biochemical process whereby the antibodies are detected in your blood, and it is a direct measurement of your immune system's response to food. The Candida test gives you the assurance of quality and reliability as all tests are completed by our Laboratories in the United States, and each patient's test is conducted twice to ensure accuracy and reliability. Our laboratory is an independent clinical laboratory approved by CLIA (US Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) accredited by COLA (US Commission on Office Laboratory Accredition). The laboratory is also licensed by the State of Washington for performing testing worldwide.
6. Aren’t Candida yeast infections only a female problem?
That’s a common misconception. While the vaginal Candida infection is very common in women, that’s not the only form of yeast infection out there. Other very common forms of Candida infections include athlete’s foot, ringworm, oral thrush, jock itch, and other fungal skin irritations. It can possibly be the cause of feeling sick all over in men, women and children.
7. Is the Candida screening suitable for all ages?
Adults and children can take the test. Candida can be found in human bodies shortly after birth and persists throughout the life. Research studies indicate that approximately 90% of all infants at six months of age carry Candida in their bodies while the prevalence is almost 100% in adults. In general, infants after 6 months start to produce their own antibodies. Thus, kids age after 6 months can take test to find out an overgrowth exists.
8. Do I need a doctor’s prescription to have the Candida test done?
In general, any individual can order any tests for themselves. A doctor’s prescription is not required.
9. Can I have this test done if I am taking Chinese or Western medicine?
You may please consult your practitioner if you have any questions concerning your Chinese medicine. In general, the major concern is steroidal drugs, e.g. cortisone, because it can suppress the immune system, and thus may reduce the antibodies present, causing a "false negative" report. Thus it is advisable to stop taking the steroidal drug for at least 3 weeks before taking the test. Tropical steroid is not part of the concerns.
10. What information will the Candida screening report provide?
Candida screening result would be shown as values of different analytes and reference value for each analyte is provided.
IgM: a present or early infection.
IgG: a past, active or prolonged infection.
IgA: an infection of the mucous membrane.
Candida antigen: the presence of Candida infection, specifically for immunodeficient individuals
11. What Shall I do to control my Candida overgrowth?
Naturally controlling Candida yeast infection takes time and patience. If you have an acute yeast attack, like a vaginal infection or athlete’s foot, you can visit medical doctors or find over-the-counter antifungal creams and drugs. If you have a Candida overgrowth that is affecting you chronically, you shall consider following an anti-Candida diet, modifying your lifestyle, and taking antifungals and probiotics. You may also consider taking some additional herbal supplements to strengthen your immune system.
After you get your test results, you will be provided with some guidelines on your lifestyle, diet and supplementation to control you Candida overgrowth.
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