It is found that in some cases the existence of candida is found only in the mouth of healthy individuals also and hence cultures taken from the saliva may not be cent percent effective. Sometimes for these reasons doctors insists on blood cultures or taking cerebrospinal fluid. Fortunately there are also some simple home tests for systemic candidiasis. These basically include home saliva tests for candidiasis available from Bio Health Diagnostics. The fact that candida is natural resident of the digestive tract and the genitals of the human body it is very difficult to determine of its overgrowth. In such a case checking a stool sample can do a stool candida culture. But due to its inaccuracy it is considered as highly inconvenient. Excluding this there are two types of test that found to be more effective and accurate. They include the serum candida antigen titer test that is conducted on the blood to measure the concentration of the candida antigens and the serum candida antibody tests for IgG, IgM, and IgA, which at high levels could indicate candidiasis.
The preventive measure to be taken usually involves a strict diet along with some anti-fungal medication and acidophilus and bifidus supplements. Some of the common food items that need to be avoided are Alcoholic beverages, caffeine, cheese, chocolate, fruits except for grapefruit, lemon, lime, tangerines, strawberries, cranberries, kiwi, currants, mangoes, bananas & fresh pineapple, refined sugars, left over food which may contain mold even if refrigerated mushrooms nuts, soda pop, yeasts foods enriched with yeast crackers, pasta, etc and breads that contain yeast.
Treatment and dietary supplements:
The treatment generally begins with a prescribed anti fungal medication. Some common anti fungal medicines includes Diflucan Fluconazole, Lamisil Terbinafine HCl and Nystatin Sporanox Itraconazole. Sometimes usage of probiotics is also suggested as it has been shown to be effective in the controlling candida over growth. Yogurt containing live active cultures is extensively beneficial in replenishing healthy bacteria. In order to revive the immune system a dietary intake of vitamins C, E, and the mineral zinc is advisable as they are can help give the immune system a boost.