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Candida - Candida or Yeast Overgrowth

Candida or Yeast Overgrowth

What is Candida Albicans

Candida Albicans is a simple yeas organism commonly found throughout the environment. It can exist in diverse places such as the surface of your skin, your mouth, the vagina, or intestinal tract. Candida Albicans is a normal, "friendly" organism in your intestinal tract. It is one of the many organisms that make up the flora of a healthy intestinal tract.

What is Candidiasis, Candida Overgrowth, or Yeast Overgrowth

This occurs when the conditions are right for candida albicans to grow rapidly in your intestinal tract. It outgrows the other friendly organisms in the intestinal tract and disrupts the intestinal balance.

What are the symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

The symptoms may include:

Headaches

Fatigue or low energy state in spite of adequate sleep and rest

Abdominal bloating

Abdominal pain

Excess flatulence (gas)

Eczema

Candida overgrowth can be hard to diagnose because the symptoms are very common health complaints.

How can I find out if I have Candidiasis or Candida Overgrorwrth

You should talk to your doctor regarding your symptoms so that a complete history can e taken. Your doctor may suggest a simple blood test called the Candida Immune Complexes Assay for Antibody Assay Laboratories. He may include testing for candida antibodies as well.

What is the Candida Immune Complex Assay

This is a simple blood and cost-effective blood test that determines if you have increased amounts of candida specific immune complexes. An Immune Complex is a combination of an antibody attached to an antigen and also fragments of the antigen and antibody. In this case, the IgG antibody is specific for candida albicans and the antigen is the candida albicans organism.

Why is the Candida Immune Complex Assay useful to my doctor in diagnosing Candida Overgrowth

Because, candida immune complexes are present in direct proportion to the amount of candida albicans present. They increase as the candida albicans levels increase an they decrease as the candida albicans levels decrease. Several studies using Antibody Assay Laboratories' Candida Immune Complex Assay have established a link between increased levels of candida immune complexes and symptoms of candida overgrowth. Candida immune complexes levels have been reported to decrease as reported symptoms decrease. The Candida Immune Complex Assay is the most effective diagnostic and treatment monitoring tool.

Your doctor may repeat the Candida Immune Complexes Assay after you have been on therapy to determine how well you are responding to the therapy.

What can my doctor do if the Candida Immune Complex levels are increased

Your doctor may suggest a treatment program based on your history and test results. Your doctor may use anti-fungal agents to help control the candida overgrowth and may also suggest diet modification if necessary. If you have questions about treating candida overgrowth, please ask your doctor.

What do the Candida antibody levels tell your doctor

Your doctor may look for candida antibodies for several reasons. The candida antibodies can give your doctor some additional information regarding your current candida status, your history of candida overgrowth, or if you have a local infection in your mouth or vagina. If you have any questions about the candida antibodies, please ask your doctor.

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