3. Is the Candida screening suitable for all ages?
Adults and children can take the test. Candida can be found in human bodies shortly after birth and persists throughout the life. Research studies indicate that approximately 90% of all infants at six months of age carry Candida in their bodies while the prevalence is almost 100% in adults. In general, infants after 6 months start to produce their own antibodies. Thus, kids age after 6 months can take test to find out an overgrowth exists.
1. How do I go about the Candida Screening?
- Make an appointment to complete the blood collection process in sampling outlet
Office Hours: 10am-7pm (Mon-Fri); 9am-5pm (Sat); Closed on Sun & Public Holidays
We will send your sample direct to the US lab for testing. You will receive the results within 10 – 20 days.
2. How much blood is needed for the Candida screening?
3-5ml blood or a few drops of blood when dried Blood Spot card (DBS card) is used.
3. How can you ensure the blood collected on DBS card will not be contaminated during transit?
Blood sample is air dried for 45 minutes under room temperature before sending out. A dried blood sample provides no medium for bacteria to attack. Our DBS card is proven to keep the sample stable for at least 3 weeks.
4. Could we know more about the specificity and accuracy of our test ?
- Precision is greater than 85%!
- Utilizes the fully automated robotic ELISA system: Stringent biochemical process detect antibodies in the blood, which interprets your immune system’s response to Candida.
- Assurance of quality and reliability as all tests are completed under US BioTek Laboratories’ facilities.
- Each sample is run twice to ensure consistent results.
- Laboratory approved by CLIA (US Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) accredited by COLA (US Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation), and licensed by the State of Washington for performing testing worldwide.
1. Do I need a doctor’s prescription to have the Candida test done?
Any individual can order any tests for his or her health information purpose. A doctor’s prescription is not required.
2. Can I have this test done if I am taking Chinese or Western medicine?
The major concern is steroidal drugs, e.g. cortisone, because it can suppress the immune system, and thus may reduce the antibodies present, causing a “false negative” result. Thus it is advisable to avoid taking the steroidal drug for at least 3 weeks before taking the test. Tropical steroid is not part of the concerns.
REPORT & AFTER-TESTING
1. What information will the Candida screening report provide?
Candida screening result would be shown as values of different analytes and reference values
IgM: a present or early infection.
IgG: a past, active or prolonged infection.
IgA: an infection of the mucous membrane.
Candida antigen: the presence of Candida infection, specifically for immunodeficient individuals
2. What Shall I do to control my Candida overgrowth?
Naturally controlling Candida yeast infection takes time and patience. If you have an acute yeast attack, like a vaginal infection or athlete’s foot, you can visit medical doctors or find over-the-counter antifungal creams and drugs. If you have a Candida overgrowth that is affecting you chronically, you shall consider following an anti-Candida diet, modifying your lifestyle, and taking antifungals and probiotics. You may also consider taking some additional herbal supplements to strengthen your immune system.
After you get your test results, you will be provided with some guidelines on your lifestyle, diet and supplementation to control you Candida overgrowth.