Can I do Candida testing at home?
Do I have to see a doctor?
How do I know for sure if I have Candida?
You can start by taking a look at the
Candida Symptoms page to get an idea of common complaints.
Some doctors can perform certain tests in their office and send the samples away to labs for results. I don't believe these tests are covered by most insurance plans, but I may be wrong. You can ask your doctor or insurance company about it if it interests you.
Dark field microscopy is a live blood analysis which can give a person a clear view of what is happening in their blood at that given moment, which can certainly be enlightening. Some use it as a form of Candida testing, but again, I don't think it can guarantee a diagnosis.
Some talk about the "spit test" (spitting into a glass of water first thing in the morning and waiting an hour to see if the spit develops "legs") but I don't believe it's accurate.
There are a number of questionnaires floating around on the internet which you can use as a starting point to help determine if you may be dealing with an overly yeasty condition.
Figuring out whether you have Candida overgrowth can be challenging. The symptoms are often vague and sometimes overlap with other conditions. It's hard to find reliable and accurate Candida testing, so we fumble along trying this and that, too often not making any progress. Or feeling better for a spell, only to find that we end up back where we started.
Everyone, even when in perfect health, has Candida yeasts present in their bodies, but the Candida stays within normal levels and does not become pathogenic. If your Candida becomes pathogenic or overgrows, you need to look at why your body is out of balance and focus your efforts on getting healthy all over, not just fixing the Candida symptoms.
Does that make sense? Did you get that? Let's repeat it because it's crucial to understand ---
The most important thing to remember is that when Candida overgrowth is present, whether it's a yeast infection or chronic Candidiasis, the cause is a weakened immune system.
When your body and its natural immune systems are in a weakened state, whether due to stress, taking antibiotics, an improper diet, or a combination of these and other factors, Candida simply takes advantage of the situation.
But of course, yeast overgrowth isn't the only problem that can arise from a weakened immune system. All diseases arise from some sort of internal imbalance -- a weakened condition in one or more aspects of the body's normal functions.
Some of the symptoms of Candida may indicate other conditions as well. So again, it's difficult to pinpoint Candida as the one and only problem, which makes Candida testing an inexact science.
If you don't fix the root causes of imbalance, the problems will persist and sometimes multiply or progress to something more severe.
Please take some time to read the information presented herein. If you have landed on this page then you or someone you care about is suffering. Consider making some dietary changes, look into cleansing and safe detox methods as a way to get a little jump start.
If I learn more about a reliable form of Candida testing, I will post it here.
Meanwhile, you can follow the advice I've compiled on this website. It's all designed to help you heal naturally, and to help you achieve and maintain a constant level of good health, without the use of prescription drugs or extreme diets.
Prescription drugs (and even natural remedies like herbs) only fix certain symptoms, they can't create a healthy body on their own. Extreme diets may provide a temporary solution, but again, how long can you sustain them, and how broad a spectrum of nutrients do they provide?