For years, there was really no definitive way to tell whether you had a Candida yeast infection. One method of determining the existence of this condition was a simple symptom survey. See a quick list of these symptoms.
Though helpful in its ability to identify a possible cause of illness, the survey was only subjective, and therefore it couldn’t tell you definitively if you had a Candida overgrowth, and if so, how bad it was. There was also no way to know after treatment if it was totally gone, or just partially gone.
For physicians, only after there was a positive response to antifungal medication and the antifungal diet was it considered “definitive proof” of a Candida yeast overgrowth. No tests were able to effectively measure how much of an overgrowth existed, OR after treatment, if it had been fully eradicated.
Fortunately, there are now two very useful tests available that can help you determine 1) the likelihood of a Candida yeast overgrowth being the cause of your health issues, and 2) how much overgrowth there is.
You may be asking, “If these tests are so helpful, why don’t many conventional doctors use them?” The answer is, for the same reason that most medical doctors are unable to successfully treat people with Candida—because they are either unaware of the tests’ existence, or worse, because they simply don’t believe there is enough scientific evidence to prove that Candida really does cause debilitating health issues for more people than just the severely ill (e.g., AIDS patients, those who have had chemotherapy, etc.).
However, many people whom doctors have turned away without hope, have been helped by taking the following tests. As they say, knowing is half the battle!
The first of these tests—which comes in two forms: one for adults and the other for children—are brief questionnaires developed by Dr. William Crook, author of The Yeast Connection Handbook. These online assessments should greatly help you and your physician evaluate the role Candida albicans may play in your or your child’s health problems.
- Take the Candidiasis Self-assessment for adults here.
- Take the Yeast Questionnaire for Children here.
These free online self-assessments are a great starting point when you’re feeling ill since they help you to evaluate the possibility of Candidiasis.
If you or your child scores high—indicating a Candida infection is likely—the next step, testing-wise, may be to take the Organic Acids Test (OAT), which can actually measure the level of Candida yeast in the body.
The OAT, created in the late 1990s, is extremely useful because it can reveal the existence of specific chemicals that would only be present in your urine if the toxic byproducts of Candida yeast were alive in the body creating them. If the OAT finds these specific chemical markers, then it means that there is a measurable yeast overgrowth present.
When a Candida overgrowth attacks your entire digestive tract, it’s important to fight back with beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, that can boost your immune system and kill off the yeast.