candida testing?

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HzKabod
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   Posted 1/1/2018 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Should I get tested for candida? How? Who does this testing?

The backstory: I have suspected candida overgrowth for years, long before a dx of lyme & co, & have done the candida diet for an extensive time in the past. I took a short course of Flucanizole last April. A few weeks ago I was in a friend's house. They have had a severe problem with mold that started in their basement & spread throughout the house via the A/C unit this summer. They had not fully gotten that under control when I visited for a few hours in early Dec. After that, for 2 weeks I had occasion inexplicable sneezing. Then for a week I had sinus headaches & pressure & lost all taste. I had no nasal discharge. Was treating with essential oils & steam inhalation with little to no effect. I then started to wonder if I had a fungal infection of the sinuses, so started using colloidal silver drops & then later bought a colloidal silver nasal spray, both of which seemed to make improvement. I had 1 sip of red wine 1 day (very unusual for me) & the headache & sinus pressure returned. Over the holiday season I had occasion bread & cheese-more than usual for me, which is normally not much. My sinuses still seem "clogged", my sense of smell is very limited & I don't taste much food. I occasionally feel a mild sinus headache.

I am self-treating lyme & co with Buhner herbs & have been making steady progress the past year. In reading about the candida on this site I became concerned that fungal infections in the sinus cavities could be serious. I already deal with neurological symptoms (mostly memory issues at this point), but I have had some mood swings & strong anger, which is unusual for me, the last few days. I have been having deep pain in my upper neck to thoracic spine & in my sacrum/coccyx (if I spelled that right).

How concerned should I be & what course of action should I take?
How long can I safely take colloidal silver nasal spray?

Thanks for your help! You all have been so informative in the past. smile

Girlie
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   Posted 1/1/2018 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Our very knowledgeable member, Pirouette did a very thorough post on the subject of Yeast/Fungal in the "New to Lyme?..Start Here!" thread.

It's on Page 2 - so maybe take a look and read through the information.
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HzKabod
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   Posted 1/1/2018 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, thank you, Girlie! I'll look at that.

I want to add to this thread if others chime in that I also have an occasional strange, deep cough that sometimes hurts my lungs & makes it hard to catch my breath AND I have had itchy ears.

astroman
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   Posted 1/1/2018 11:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I dont know much about your sinus or mold questions but Ive had candida lab tested (easy).

Mold testing is not straight forward. One of the better mold tests is $700 from real time labs. Conventional medicine does not completely recognize mold or its testing. There are other mold "markers" less costly. You should ask on a new thread or change this thread title.

Candida Albicans antibodies; igg, iga, igm: I think that tests for past, recent past and current time.

www.questdiagnostics.com/testcenter/TestDetail.action?ntc=30440

Its an insurance recognized blood test, any MD can write a script for the test and any hospital should be able to draw / send it out. If its in your blood, its called systemic candida.

Post Edited (astroman) : 1/1/2018 9:36:09 PM (GMT-7)


Rikky1
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   Posted 1/2/2018 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
a more accurate way to find out if you have candida is to do microscopy. you can see candida plain as day in your blood if you have it just like babesia.

astroman
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   Posted 1/2/2018 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Rikky1 said...
a more accurate way to find out if you have candida is to do microscopy. you can see candida plain as day in your blood if you have it just like babesia.


How does the microscopy gang here know for sure what their looking at? There's all kinds of stuff in our blood. I would think this takes great experience, thus human error would be probable/possible.????

I always used the lame home saliva candida in water test combined with symptoms and my guessing matched the lab results LOL.
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