Candida is a yeast that is part of our digestive flora, however in some individuals the natural balance of the gut is disrupted leading to a pathogenic form of the organism. This results in many symptoms ranging from fatigue, bloating, diarrhoea/constipation, muscle aches and headaches, to name but a few. This test is used not only for detecting the presence of the infection but also as an indicator of the stage of the condition.
In recent years it has become clear that a surprising number of common health problems, both physical and mental, might have a common cause – namely the spread of fungal toxins from yeasts notably Candida albicans.
Such yeasts can live and thrive and present no problems to their host as long as they are confined to specific sites in a non pathogenic form. Should they go beyond these sites, or become altered to a more pathogenic fungal form, the defence capability of the body, as represented by the immune system, attempts to attack and destroy such yeasts.
Candida species are found naturally in the gut of almost all humans. In some individuals, the natural balance of the gut is disturbed, often through the use of antibiotics and hormones, leading to an immunological reaction to Candida with a subsequent increase in specific antibodies.
Causes of Candida Overgrowth:
Many factors associated with modern life promote the overgrowth of Candida yeast
within the gastrointestine. Factors that can trigger Candida overgrowth include:
- Increased use of antibiotics and oral contraceptives
- High sugar and starch diets
- Chlorinated water
Toxic by-products released by yeast can set off a multitude of both subtle and overt symptoms. These range from headaches, fatigue, and inability to concentrate, to low sex drive, recurrent vaginitis, skin irritations, and even failing vision.
When can a test be useful?
The Candida albicans test can be useful if you suffer from the following symptoms:
- Foggy head, lack of concentration
- Mood swings
- Digestive symptoms like bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, excess wind
- Fungal infections
- Aching joints, heavy muscles
- Recurrent thrush
- Decreased libido
- Bladder infections
- Menstrual complaints
- Chronic Stress
- Dry itchy skin, acne
- Chronic sinus problems
Contributing factors are: Frequent use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, taking the contraceptive pill or Hormone Replacement Therapy
Candida albicans and Skin Irritations:
Overgrowth of Candida albicans can be signified by a large number of skin problems. In fact, some experts estimate that 15% of patients with Candida overgrowth have some type of skin lesion. Clinical examples include:
- Rashes on various parts of the body
- Atopic dermatitis
Candida albicans and Female Reproductive Hormones:
Candida albicans is closely linked with the activity of reproductive hormones in women. Oestradiol, one of the body’s main forms of oestrogen, promotes the growth and the survival of C.albicans by protecting it from heat and oxidative stress. Research suggests that Candida overgrowth can activate an autoimmune response to sex steroid hormones such as oestrogen.
Genova Diagnostics’ Candida antibodies test utilises advanced and sophisticated testing techniques (ELISA) to analyse either blood or saliva samples for the levels of Candida antibodies. The determination of an immunological response to Candida, via measurement of IgG and IgA antibodies, can establish current or past exposure to Candida.
- Anti-Candida IgA antibodies – current exposure
- Anti-Candida IgG antibodies – past exposure or ongoing
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