How To Test For Candida Yeast Infection
Many patients who come to see me want to know whether they have an infection or not. They go to their doctor or they go to their naturopath and they’re told that they’ve got all these problems, but then they reply, “What are these problems? Can we do a test for these problems? What are they?” So the medical doctor will have a few tests that he or she may perform, but not many patients with Candida yeast infections are really tested when they go to their medical doctor. If the doctor suspects a vaginal yeast infection or thrush, then he or she may perform a test, a smear test, to determine that, and that will be sent away and those cells will be checked out. They’ll be cultured. They’ll go to a special lab to see whether it’s bacterial vaginosis or a yeast infection.
But generally, a doctor won’t test any further than that in terms of digestive problems or inflammation or brain fog or any of the other subtle signs and symptoms of a yeast infection. The patient may be given a digestive product, maybe an acid blocker. They may be given a sleeping pill or an anti-inflammatory, but I don’t usually find that medical doctors will test any further than perhaps doing a vaginal check. Or maybe in some cases with a male, they may do a skin scraping of a particular area and then get that checked. The issue I have with the medical test to determine yeast infections and many other health conditions are that they are defined more by statistical norms rather than physiological norms. By that, I mean they really work on a sliding scale from say 1 to 10. If you come back as 1.5 in the bottom end of that reference range or 9.5, you’re deemed to be perfectly normal.
In natural medicine, we don’t really look at it like that. We look more at the physiological norm. We’re going to be more interested to get you around four, five, or six, which will be more of a midpoint, which we deem to be a really good range for you to be in. That’s one concern I have is looking at these norms.
The other concern I have, really, with the medical testing is if a test comes back positive, it will often lead to the prescription of a pharmaceutical drug. And in many cases, it will be an antibiotic or anti-fungal; it will be an “anti” type of a drug, which will only create further problems. And if the doctor can diagnose you with any particular test, then he or she may even think that you’ve got depression or anxiety and send you to a psychiatrist. And that’s what happened to me.
I was told to go to a psychiatrist when I had Candida because my problems were all in my head. Well, they were in my head partially because I had brain fog, but what the doctor didn’t know is I had a lot of digestive problems that he really should have gone further in looking at. And for that reason, now I do a lot of stool testing, comprehensive digestive stool testing. You’re going to see a lot more videos on stool testing. I’ll explain to you a lot more about the markers and what they mean, and how to interpret this very, very important test.
There are various tests that the doctor and the naturopath will perform to determine a yeast infection. As I mentioned, the doctor may perform a smear test to determine whether it’s vaginal thrush or vaginosis or an STD of some form. A doctor may perform a stool test on the odd patient to determine whether it is a parasite, but they generally are not really going to be interested in looking at the Candida through the stool like naturopaths are. Some doctors perform blood alcohol tests. Particularly in Japan and Asian countries, these tests are performed probably more so than in America. This will actually determine your alcohol level, aldehyde level in the blood. You can be given a particular substance to take and then the blood will be tested to determine if there’s a BAC or blood alcohol concentration. And in Japan, severe Candida is actually called “drunk disease.” Some people can actually appear quite drunk when they have severe Candidiasis.
The two tests, generally, that may be performed would be a stool test and maybe a blood test. Some doctors will perform a blood allergy test on the patient, and these are functional medicine doctors, generally. But natural doctors like me; we would prefer to do a stool test. We may also do a urinary metabolite test. There are particular sugars that when they become metabolized in large amounts in the urine, if they’re elevated, we know that you’ve got quite a high amount of Candida in the GI tract. We can do the urinary test. We can do the stool test.
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