Type of test: Specialized
Offered by: Rocky Mountain Analytical – Calgary, AB
Candida is a type of yeast normally found in the bowel that requires sugars to grow.
Elevated IgG antibodies to Candida are often found when someone has a fungal infection of some sort. For example, vaginal yeast infection, ‘jock itch’, and ringworm. Consuming too many sugar-rich foods can contribute to overgrowth of Candida. Symptoms associated with Candida overgrowth include:
- clouded thinking
- menstrual pain
- vaginal yeast infections
Chronic exposure to Candida, particularly when it has colonized or invaded the gut lining, can result in the elevation of IgG, IgA, and IgM specific antibodies.
The Candida Panel measures levels of IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies to Candida plus Candida antigen in a blood strip sample. Measurement of Candida antigen in blood indicates widespread infection, which can occur in immunocompromised individuals.read more