This test is used to screen for antibodies the body develops in response to Systemic Candidiasis or Candida. Candida is another name for yeast, a fungus which is normally found in small amounts in the body. The immune system normally keeps Candida under control but in cases where a person is sick or taking antibiotics the yeast may spread, becoming a potentially dangerous infection. Results for this test are qualitative, meaning they come back with either a positive or negative result. A positive result for this test can indicate an active or past infection.
Candida occurs most often in the mouth (Thrush), genital region (yeast infection), and GI tract. A person experiencing a Candida infection can spread it to their partner through sexual contact. Symptoms of Candida can include a thick white discharge, itching or irritation in the genital area, a yeasty odor, and bloating. In some cases, Candida can spread to the blood, heart, or brain and become life threatening.
Some factors which may lead to the development of Candida include:
The Candida Antibodies test is typically ordered by a person who is experiencing symptoms associated with Candida or believes they are at risk for infection.
Turnaround time for the Candida Abs Qualitative test is typically 3-7 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
The Candida test does not have any special requirements
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