Clare_ wrote: Hi all,
Has anyone had a candida blood test?
Are they effective?
Apparently they test for candida antibodies; but I am wondering if they are reliable?
Or are stool tests better?
Those tests aren’t reliable.
By the way, the presence of a humoral response to candida albicans isn’t a good signal. When antibodies are high, it means T-cell response is non-existent. T-Cell response is our defense against fungal pathogens.
There is an interesting blood test that looks for fragments of complements of candida cell wall. Fragments of complements are soluble parts of the cell wall of candida albicans that reach the bloodstream. When someone has developed a fungal intestinal growth, the yeast cell (unicell form) mutates to hyphae. This mycelial mutation allow fragments of the yeast cell to leak in the bloodstream. This test, Candida Immune Complexes in blood, looks for those fragments of the broken cell circulating in the blood, as well as a high IGG humoral response, and candida albicans antigen.
The presence of fragments of complement in the blood indicates that MUTATION from yeast to fungus is occurring in the colon supporting the presence of this syndrome.
I hope this help you.