GetTested’s Candida Test is for those who suspect an overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans. Candida overgrowth can cause symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, mood swings, gas or bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation, sugar cravings, skin problems and much more. The test is a simple stool test that you collect yourself at home then is sent to a lab for analysis.
About the Candida Test
Candida is a normal resident of the human gastrointestinal tract; it is also the most common fungal pathogen of humans. This test measures 4 different types of yeasts; Candida albicans, Candida (species), Geotrichum candidum and if there is occurrence of yeast overgrowth.
Candida is a type of fungus that is found naturally in our intestines, mouth and skin. It has the task of recognising and destroying harmful bacteria. Healthy bacteria help maintain a good balance of yeast. However, the natural balance of Candida in the body is often unstable, and as such it can easily become disrupted. This is why Candida infections are very common.
When there is an overgrowth of this fungus, the problems arise. An overgrowth can occur after, for example, taking antibiotics, when heavy metals are accumulated in the body, when having a weakened immune system, due to incorrect diet, stress or after taking certain drugs.
In candida overgrowth, various toxins are created which in turn can lead to a number of different symptoms (see below). Examples of some of these toxins in the body are ethanol, acetaldehyde and formaldehyde.
There are multiple types of infections caused by Candida Albicans. There is the infection of the mouth and throat, referred to as Trush, which causes white bumps to appear in the mouth and throat.
The test is a simple stool test collected at home and analysed at a ISO certified and accredited lab.
Learn More about Candida
Below we will go deeper into the following sections:
- Yeast that the test analyses
- Candida symptoms
- Candida treatment
- FAQ – Candida Test
- Not Sure This Test is for You?
1. Yeast that the test analyses
Candida species are the most common causes of fungal infection Candida species are normally part of the natural microflora. The candida species can cause infections if it grows uncontrollably or if it enters deep into the body, where it could potentially cause infections in the bloodstream, heart or brain.
Candida albicans is a yeast that occurs naturally in small amounts. Normally, Candida does not cause any problems or discomfort. However, under certain conditions it can grow uncontrollably. Such conditions include hormonal changes (possibly caused by a pregnancy), a weakened immune system and usage of antibiotics or hormones. Additionally, stress and an unbalanced diet that consist of too much refined carbohydrates, sugar and yeast can also cause an overgrowth, in which case you will end up with a Candida infection.
The most common one is a vaginal infection. This type of infection is also called vaginal candidiasis and it affects about 3 out of 4 women at some point in their lives.
Yeasts (positive or negative)
Not all yeast is negative. For example, nutritional yeast is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Additionally, it contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
This yeast is often found in dairy products, such as cheese. It appears on human skin, inside the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract. There it can cause diseases, mainly in people who have a weakened immune system. The infection it causes is called geotrichosis. Symptoms include prominent chronic cough, gelatinous sputum, lack of fever and medium to coarse rales.
2. Candida symptoms
Common symptoms include of a Candida infection include:
- Brain fog
- Irritation, pain and soreness
- Gas and bloating
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Sugar cravings
- Skin problems (acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, etc.)
- Lumpy white patches
- Dry, itchy or red skin
- Burning sensations
- Foot / nail fungus
- Vaginal itching
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Mood swings, sleep problems, anxiety or depression
3. Candida Albicans treatment
Candida is a fungus you can treat with antifungal medicine. There are two types of antifungal medicine that can treat an infection and stop the overgrowth of Candida:
- Oral medicine, including tablets, liquids.
- Topical medicine, including creams and ointments, which you must apply to the affected area.
Consult about the correct usage of these medicines with your healthcare provider first. This will ensure that the infection is treated well and does not return later.
4. FAQ– Candida Test UK
What is candida?
Candida is yeast that naturally occurs in the vagina. Usually it does not cause any discomfort, unless it is present in high amounts. In such a case, an infection occurs.
What causes candida?
A weak immune system, hormonal changes, antibiotics or hormones can cause excess growth of Candida. However, stress and an unhealthy diet can also cause an overgrowth of Candida.
How to test for candida albicans?
You can test for Candida Albicans with our Candida Albicans Rapid Health Test. This test is specially designed to detect Candida infections quickly, so you can get the treatment you need.
Who should get a Candida test?
The Candida albicans test is for anyone who’s suffering from the symptoms commonly associated with yeast infection .
How to treat candida albicans?
You can treat Candida with antifungal medicine. You can get oral medicine, such as tablets, or special creams to treat the affected area. Consult with your healthcare provider about suitable medicine and the right usage of such.
How quickly will I receive my results?
Once we receive your sample, you can expect to get your results within a few business days.
When should I take the test?
It is recommended to take the test on an empty stomach in the morning. At this time, the body is relatively stable and the blood is relatively purest.
5. Not Sure This Test is for You?
This test is for People who experience any of the above problems may need to be tested for Candida. It is also for those who have also been treated for Candida before and want to know if they have gotten rid of the overgrowth should get tested to see if they need to continue treatment or if they can end the so-called Candida diet. It is important to get tested so that the correct treatment can begin when it is indicated that you have this problem.
Something that can cause similar problems is, for example SIBO, which is a bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. If you have problems with your stomach and consider it could be caused by any of the previously mentioned gut problems, we also recommend doing the SIBO test.
If you’re still uncertain whether this test is right for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and knowledgeable customer support team. We’re here to guide you towards the tests that best match your health concerns and objectives. You can contact us through our contact page or use our live chat for immediate assistance.