Candida IgA Blood Test


Test Code: 163020
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Candida IgA Blood Test

The Candida IgA 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.  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.

There are several Candida antibody types which can be tested for.  This test looks specifically for IgA Antibodies.  The presence of IgA antibodies typically indicates a surface infection of mucous membranes such as the inside of the mouth or the vaginal walls.  

A negative IgA test does not rule out the possibility of Candida infection as IgA antibodies will not be detectable in all cases.  A more thorough test is also available which looks for Candida IgA, IgG and IgM antibodies.

Turnaround time for the Candida IgA Abs test is typically 3-4 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.

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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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