What is checked in the Infection Panel?
This panel checks your blood for Candida albicans IgA, IgG and IgM Antibodies, Giardia Antigen EIA (stool), Helicobacter pylori Antigen (stool), Lyme Disease Antibodies (blood), Parasites (blood) and Parasites (stool).
Why is this panel important?
This screening panel is designed to look for subtle, acquired infections that my be causing a range of chronic symptoms. Candida albicans is a fungus that lives in most people's bodies and stress, antibiotic use, and a weakened immune system can cause an overgrowth. Symptoms related to Candida overgrowth is generally caused by an overstimulation of the immune system which will lead to measurable antibody level.
Giardia lamblia is a parasite that lives inside the intestines. Infection occurs through drinking or eating contaminated food or water, often while camping or backpacking. Symptoms from infection might be diarrhea followed by constipation, gas or cramping.
Helicobacter pylori, also known as H. pylor, is a major cause of stomach ulcers or gastritis. Stool testing can help identify an infection.
Lyme disease results from an infection from Borrelia burgdorferi transmitted by a tick. This test screens your blood for Lyme Disease antibodies. If the antibody screen is Equivocal or Positive, this test will also run an Immunoblot to look for IgG and IgM antibodies to confirm the initial screen.
Parasites tested on the blood include malarial, Babesia and other blood parasites. Parasites tested in the stool include protozoans, oocysts, helminths and larvae.
What type of specimen will I submit?
This Infection Panel is a blood and stool test.
Do I need to fast to take this test?
Fasting is not necessary.
How long does it take to get test results?
It typically takes 4 business days or less.