Candida Antibodies, Qualitative Blood Test


Test Code: 096719
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Candida Antibodies, Qualitative Blood Test

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:

  • Taking antibiotics
  • Taking birth control pills
  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • HIV infection

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.

A Candida Antibodies IgA, IgG, IgM Blood Test is also available which provides differentiated results for 3 different types of Candida Antibodies.

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.

Requirements:

The Candida test does not have any special requirements

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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.

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