Candida Antibody Panel
Candida Antibody Panel FAQ
What Candida antibodies are measured in this panel?
Why is the Candida Antibody Panel important?
What is the significance of the different types of Candida antibodies?
What type of specimen will I submit?
Do I need to fast to take this test?
How long does it take to get test results?
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The candida antibody panel measures the IgA, IgG and IgM antibody blood levels to Candida albicans.
Candida albicans is a common fungus and yeast that is widespread in the gastrointestinal tracts of humans but typically does not live elsewhere. In healthy individuals, candida is largely harmless. In certain conditions, candida overgrowth can occur, leading to a variety of symptoms. In severe cases, candida can spread throughout the body causing a disseminated candida infection called candidiasis. Disseminated candida infections typically occurs in people with severely compromised immune systems (e.g. cancer patients on chemotherapy). Candida is commonly spread through contamination in hospital settings such as intensive care units. In addition to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, candida can be found in the skin, throat, and genital regions like the vagina.
Candida overgrowth can interfere with the gut's normal responsibilities of digestion and absorption of nutrients. While disseminated candidiasis is more readily diagnosed in advanced cases, mild candida infections can frequently be undiagnosed given the relatively mild symptoms they cause. For example, more research has investigated the role of candida overgrowth in causing chronic GI symptoms such as bloating, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
This candida antibody panel builds on the candida IgG test and checks for three different types of antibodies to Candida albicans - IgA, IgG and IgM. Candida IgA antibodies tend to be found in parts of the body that have higher levels of mucus and serve to protect these mucosal regions from candida infections. As a results, IgA levels are typically higher in areas such as the throat, bronchi and genital regions. Candida IgG antibodies are found throughout the body and are produced by the immune system when the body has been exposed to a past or current candida infection. Candida IgM antibodies are the first antibodies detected when the immune system is fighting a candida infection and often indicates a new candida infection.
Getting a candida antibody panel test near you through Quest Diagnostics requires a simple blood draw and your blood antibody levels will be analyzed using an enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method. It is recommended that you avoid anything that might suppress your immune system (e.g steroid medications) prior to your blood draw if possible. As can be seen on the candida antibody sample report we have provided through the link above, your candida IgA, IgG and IgM antibody levels will be reported as numbers and can be compared against the interpretive criteria, or reference range, provide by the lab. Based on the comparison, you can determine if enough candida antibody was seen to be considered detectable.
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