There are 3 antibodies that are important to look for when your are measuring your immune system’s response to Candida – IgG, IgA, IgM (Total Immunoglobulins). A CBC offers clues as to how the body’s immune system is functioning and measuring immunoglobulins may also offer clues as to where the immune system is being impacted by Candida.
Candida normally occurs in the mouth, vagina, or gastrointestinal tract. Candida can become quite problematic if there is an overgrowth of yeast in comparison to healthy gut flora. Antibiotics promote the growth of yeast by destroying both good and bad bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract without deterring the growth of Candida albicans. Without balanced numbers of friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, an environment exists that Candida albicans will thrive in. When this occurs, the body’s immune system becomes overwhelmed, not only by the overwhelming presence of Candida, but also by the toxic by-products that Candida produces.
Candida has the ability to suppress the immune system so it is important to test your total IgG, IgA, IgM (Immunoglobulins) levels along with the Candida antibodies. Low levels of total IgG, IgA, IgM antibodies could cause a false negative response to the Candida antibodies, meaning you have Candida but since your immune system is lowered, you are unable to produce a response and your blood test comes back negative. Conversely, high levels of these antibodies indicate that an overgrowth of Candida is present somewhere in the body and that your immune system is reacting to it. A CBC may offer that let may indicate if yeast is present. A low white blood cell count (WBC) has been associated with yeast overgrowth as well as a pattern of high neutrophil and low lymphocyte count.
Test Preparation for Optimal Results:
- No fasting is required but please go in well hydrated for your lab draw.
- Your test results should be finished processing in 7-14 business days.
- When your results have finished processing, a copy will be sent directly to you.
Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.